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Monday, November 5, 2007

Giant Bourgeois Spider Mounts San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2007 at 5:27 PM

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In a fine addition to the ranks of public art used to terrify children, Louise Bourgeois' monumental "Crouching Spider" will be installed on the Embarcadero at noon Thursday (at Entry Plaza at Pier 14). We can only hope it makes its way over to Justin Herman Plaza and eats that monumental pile of crap left by the dog with the square intestines. Seriously, when is that piece of shit coming down?

The Details:

Installation Process:

Fabricated from bronze and stainless steel, the 2 1/2 ton sculpture measures approximately 10' high and 27' wide. The body of the spider will be suspended over the site, the eight legs inserted into the body, and lowered on to the pavement.

Background:

Louise Bourgeois, 95, is considered to be one of the world's most important and influential artists living today. She was born in Paris in 1911 and moved to New York in 1938 where her prolific career has spanned seven decades. Concurrent with the display on the Embarcadero, Ms. Bourgeois's work is on a worldwide museum tour starting with the Tate Modern in London and traveling to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

The sculpture, courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and Cheim & Read, New York, will be on loan for eight months or longer. "Crouching Spider" is part of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Sculpture in the City program, which brings both permanent and temporary sculpture installations by local and national artists to the City. This is a temporary project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is placed on the Embarcadero courtesy of the San Francisco Port Commission. Art Enrichment funding is provided by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

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