Attack of the Steampunk Spider Princess

French Performance Art outfit La Machine unveiled this 3 million dollar steampunk spider, La Princesse, as part of the City of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.

Over a four day period, La Princesse - in search of a nest - climbed walls, stalked the streets and sprayed unwary citizens.  This huge construction (here seen in some wonderful pictures) was deemed a huge success - but possibly not by any resident arachnaphobes.

This is in fact a massive thirty six tonne hydraulic spider scaling the side of a city block in Liverpool, England. The city is of course best known for The Beatles. However, during its time as the European City of Culture visitors to one of its main railway stations, Lime Street, could have been forgiven for thinking that the city had been invaded by a different type of insect altogether.

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"how many homeless would that have helped"

It's OK, they fed all the homeless people to the spider. ;)

I took some photos at the Liverpool event if anyone is interested:
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