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La Princess


... 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.

La Princess


... 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.

comments (4)

  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 8 Sep 2008, 13:06
Strange one les
Les Auld: Srange but true vintage, thanks for the comment.
Saw this on the telly the other night! You have all the fun up there!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, if you can call getting soaked, crushed and stood on fun. It was a good day out thought.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Sep 2008, 21:49
Snow this time of the year? It must be castor sugar smile

Crazy contraption - I am trying to imagine it in mobile mode and with its own marching band.
Les Auld: We get all sorts of weather in Liverpool Louis, thanks for the comment.
Snow!
richard
Les Auld: Yes! Thanks.

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