... Out of La Machine, the sleeping giant
For the past four days Liverpool has been beset by a giant spider, wandering the streets and causing havoc. Here La Princess is sleeping in front of the Cunard Building at the Pier Head after a fall of snow. Gradually she will wake up and move through the crowds that have gathered to watch her progress, accompanied by traveling musicians who provide a backdrop to the journey.
One of the key attractions for Liverpool's European Year of Culture the spider is a 50 foot high, 37 ton, being made of steel and wood driven by spider riders. On the Saturday there were many thousands of people in the city centre to see the beast walk through the crowds, spaying water and smoke as it went along. I was in Derby Square for part of the afternoon fto see what was laughingly called a Water Ballet. In actual fact is was water cannon firing bucket loads of water towards the spider, and in doing so soaking the crowds in the square. Fortunately I was able to protect the camera but not myself from the water.
All in all is was a grand afternoon, the rain predicted did not happen until much later and the Spider was tremendous.
More can be seen on the La Machine
site and there are videos on the Liverpool Echo
site as well.
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