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Giant Spider WALKS in Liverpool - update Answered

In May 2006 something incredible happened in London. For four days the city stopped in its tracks and marvelled at the sight of a gigantic wooden elephant, and a little-girl giant in a green dress. Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the streets, astonished at the scale and beauty of the spectacular Sultan's Elephant.

Now Artichoke, the company that brought that event to London, is working with the engineering genius behind Royal de Luxe's giants, François Delarozière, and his company La Machine, to create a magical and astonishing new show especially for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008.

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Something unforgettable is happening in Liverpool as a highlight of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations. Vast in scale and spectacular in execution, this breathtaking new commission from La Machine will spin a tale so magical that an entire city will fall under its spell. Just as The Sultan’s Elephant stopped London in its tracks in 2006, so this three-day adventure will unfold against the landmarks of a great city, stopping the traffic and captivating everyone who sees it. Prepare to be amazed by a show that will make you believe in the impossible.

A gigantic mechanical spider has appeared in Liverpool, clinging to the side of a derelict building next to Lime Street station. A group of scientific researchers have arrived and are investigating… What will the next chapter of the story bring?

La Machine

UPDATE

Thousands of people braved the rain to watch a 50ft (15m) high mechanical spider come to life in Liverpool.

About 5,000 people watched La Princesse come out of "hibernation" outside the city's arena at King's Dock on Friday.

An estimated 20,000 more were in the city on Friday evening to see her crawl down The Strand before heading for a resting place at the Cunard building.

The £1.5m street theatre production, operated by French company La Machine, is a Capital of Culture event.

La Princesse was unveiled to the public on Wednesday morning, hanging from a redundant office block next to Lime Street railway station.

She was woken in a hail of fireworks and smoke at 1130 BST on Friday, before striding up and down in front of the arena in front of the cheering crowd.

Story and video

The spider is moved to the performance area (watch the lorry sequence - you can see that each leg has a separate set of controls)

The full ballet:


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Sunbanks

10 years ago

I think that's really cool, even though spiders scare me a lot... But I still like this one.

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

Gives a whole new meaning to "brass knuckles", eh ? LOL

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bounty1012Sunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

lol now we need the mall from the movie and a whole bunch of people with guns. I forget its name though.

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Goodhartsockeye101

Reply 10 years ago

a really Older movie would be Earth vs. the Spider (1958) or The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

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Lithium RainGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

And, of course, Arachnophobia....

The nightmares...

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GoodhartLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, well the little ones I don't have much of a problem with (as long as I have shoes on ;-) , but when they get big enough to bit my head off......well, I just hope I have a lot of gas in the car LOL

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badideasrusGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

didn't you watch 8 legged freaks? that didn't help them...... though the kid with the dirt bike managed to get away.

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badideasrusGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

oh, it was a great movie. kinda cheaply made, and more of a spoof of horror than a real horror movie, but great.

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bounty1012sockeye101

Reply 10 years ago

I meant the mall from the movie I know the title eight legged freaks just dont remember the mall.

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whatsisface

10 years ago

Thats cool. It's kinda steampunk. Now we need a big steampunk tumbler and a big steampunk piece of card...

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greviouswhatsisface

Reply 10 years ago

giant steampunk shoe would take care of that. and what the hell is steampunk anyway lol? ive heard it around a few times.

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KentsOkaygrevious

Reply 10 years ago

Pseudo Victorian era technology... just messed up. Anything with brass, clock bits, steam stuff, and metal..

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badideasrusKentsOkay

Reply 7 years ago

i've always prefered the discription ' what the past would be like if the future had happened sooner' basically, there are two kinds (in fiction writeing that qualifies as steampunk, anyway) 1 where the past (1700-1900) is technilogically advanced, but still uses springs and gears and cogs and steam. steam trains, airships, super advanced gizmos that are suposed to work on victorian technology. 2 the future, but with the same technology as # 1. as if the future of our world were not airplanes and computers, but zepplins and spring powered cars and air rifles and such. it is also an artform, a way of life, a hobby, and it's really cool. check out the website the steampunkworkshop.com mr von slatt is one of the revered MAKERs of the steampunks.

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badideasrusV-Man737

Reply 7 years ago

i'd rather not have a pie made of leather and brass......

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fungus amungus

10 years ago

Thanks for posting this. I was just about to put it up and saw your post.

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Ssiatha

10 years ago

now, to add a chaingun...

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vailo

10 years ago

You'll need a heck'uva big shoe to kill THAT spider...

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greviousvailo

Reply 10 years ago

lol like my shoe? im 15 and take a 16 for my school shoes, that's an american 16 UK 15.

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Skyfinity

10 years ago

something incredible... IN LONDON!?!?!?! Sorry, that's pretty neat.

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mas-retals

10 years ago

that was kinda crap i was hoping it would get up and walk off that would be cooler

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gmoon

10 years ago

Well, that's almost hypnotic... There's another video online of the same event (BBC), where you clearly see a leg reach out and touch the umbrella of a spectator....In the US, the crowd would be sequestered at least 100 ft. away.... (liability, of course.) :P

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Kitemangmoon

Reply 10 years ago

I did link to the BBC story, but they've changed the access to videos on the website, specifically to stop non-UK license payers seeing them.

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gmoonKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Yes, I see now--the BBC story / video link I read earlier is tagged "Story and video" above...

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casey321b

10 years ago

led project is what it sounds like to me :) wonder where you can get a million LEDs

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

:( :( :( :( When I saw this story on CNN, I thought there really was a 50 foot tarantula walking around, waiting to EAT ME!

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Storm950

10 years ago

The thing that annoys me is that its legs don't actually walk, it is powered by wheels underneath I believe :(

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KitemanStorm950

Reply 10 years ago

If you watch the video, there's a large truck with a very long arm holding up the spider. A bunch of people ride on and under the spider, each with a set of levers to control a single part of the spider.

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Sunbanks

10 years ago

I should have listened to you....

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keureban

10 years ago

I know what I'll ask for this Christmas!

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a random

10 years ago

i'm scared of spiders why r u such a cruel person, it's not my fault i din't listen :)