I should be composing public service announcements and/or packing right at this very moment, but instead I'm writing about a giant mechanical spider named La Princesse that appeared in Liverpool earlier this month as part of the programs for the city's year as European Capital of Culture. Manufactured by François Delarozière and the mad French geniuses at La Machine, La Princesse thoroughly enchanted Lyn Gardner during the creature's short weekend in town:
I adore the idea of the huge arachnid interacting with Liverpool's architecture and inviting residents to imagine their city in a new way. And of course I'm dying to know how Delarozière made it work:
It seriously sounds like Survival Research Labs crossed with Jules Verne. Phil Hogan went to La Machine's workshop in Nantes, France, to get a preview of La Princesse before she was unveiled to Liverpool:
Liverpool still has a number of Capital of Culture events on the horizon before 2008 is up, including the aforementioned production of King Lear as well as an exhibition of work by Chinese art and architecture superstar Ai Weiwei, and you can find full coverage here. They're going to have a hard time beating the spider though.