It was made by an American artist born in France, Louise Bourgeois. One of the most impressive and largest sculptures was commissioned by the Tate Modern Museum in 1999. Bronze, stainless steel and marble were used to create the sculpture. The total cost of the project was 3.2 million dollars.
In French, the word “maman” means “mother”. The artist herself admits that this sculpture is an ode to her mother, who she lost at the age of 21. A huge spider with a bag of 26 marble eggs is a symbol of motherhood, shelter and fertility protection. Interestingly, 12 castings of the London spider have been made and distributed around the world, including Japan, Russia, Canada and even Cuba.

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