|Foreground: Louise Bourgeois's spider; |
Background: Canada's Parliament Buildings © SB
Lurching across the courtyard of Ottawa's National Gallery, Louise Bourgeois's stainless steel, bronze and marble spider extends more than 30 feet high, its legs almost too spindly to hold its monstrous body and massive egg sac.
Created in 1999, cast in 2003, it was bought by the National Gallery in 2004. Other versions perch at galleries around the world — Morgan has seen the steel original at London's Tate Modern, and a copy in Paris.
symbol of fertility
betrays maternal trust
— extracted from the Gallery's descriptive plaque.