memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

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My brother once sent me from London a postcard of a sculpture of a giant spider outside the Tate Modern called MAMAN.

I thought, wow, this is a seriously impressive piece of art.


I wikied it (wicked it) and read:

Maman (1999) is a sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which resembles a spider, is over 30ft high and over 33ft wide, with a sac containing 26 marble eggs. Its abdomen and thorax are made up of ribbed bronze. The title is the familiar French word for Mother.

Maman is amongst the world’s largest and most impressive sculptures. Bourgeois created “Maman ” as a part of her inaugural commission of The Unilever Series in 1999 for Tate Modern Museum’s vast Turbine Hall. Acquiring this magnificent sculpture is considered as one of the Tate Museum’s historical moments. Maman was first displayed outside the Tate Museum of London in 2000. It was received with the mixed reactions of amazement and amusement.

I bet it was.

I just bet it was; look upon it and be amazed.

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