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"Maman - The controversial big spider." Top 5 Page for this destination General city Information Tip by Regina1965

General city Information, Ottawa: 13 reviews and 43 photos

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  • Maman - the spider and the Cathedral. - Ottawa
      Maman - the spider and the Cathedral.
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  • Maman in front of the National Gallery. - Ottawa
      Maman in front of the National Gallery.
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      The marble eggs of Maman.
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  • - Ottawa

There is a big spider in front of The National gallery in Ottawa - not for the arachnophobic like me. It carries a sack of marble eggs. I ventured under it and took a photo of its 26 marble eggs (see one of my photos).

The most popular photo taken with the spider is standing in front of it at a certain distance so it seems like it is chasing you. Everybody has their photo taken with the spider :)

The spider, which is 30 ft. heigh, which is 9 meters, is called Maman, French for Mommy, by the late artist Louise Bourgeois (who died at a very old age on 31st of May, 2010, while I was still in Ottawa). She got the nickname Spiderwoman after she made this spider. Louise´s mother is the inspiration for the sculpture, in a good way.

The spider was placed in front of the National Gallery of Canada in 2005. Not everyone is happy though with having this big spider in their city. Not aracnophobics for sure.

Address: By Sussex Drive, Ottawa.
Directions: Maman stands in front of The National Gallery.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2012
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  • Nov 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Unusual sculpture. It looks good though, even if I might have nightmares from seeing it!

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      Nov 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Yes, you being from Australia, know about big spiders... cannot stand spiders, they give me the creeps!

    • Nov 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Same here, although the Redback doesn't scare me.


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