Sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who was also called Spiderwoman, left her mark in many places. Her 30-foot-tall sculpture of a spider, called Maman, has been installed permanently in Canada, Russia, Spain, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. It was also installed temporarily in many other places, including Switzerland, shown in the above picture. The sculpture was inspired by Bourgeois' mother, who died when the artist was 21.
Bourgeois says, "The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother."