La Arachnophobia Anyone? by PhotogeniquE IPA

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As part of the Capital of Culture 08 in Liverpool, the creative theatre company, Artichoke, commission the French firm, La Machine to build something special.

They came up with a 27 tonne, 50 ft spider called La Princesse, which stalked the highways and byways of central Liverpool for 3 days striking fear and terror into the good citizens.

On 8th Sept 08, its last evening, it made its final journey past St. George’s Hall towards the Birkenhead Tunnel where it disappeared for ever.

The operators can be seen sitting amongst the legs!

A single jpg + 4 copies through PS and ToneMapped with Photomatix at -2,-1, 0,+1, +2 and then the curves tweaked in PS to have a Sci-Fi look.

© photogenique (dave peddie): using this image for any purpose and in any way, without prior permission, may lead to legal action.


spider, machine, culture, artichoke, princess, la, capital, liverpool, 08, 2008, princesse, arachnophobia


  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 6 years ago

    AWESOME!! hooray !! missed it on the news so thanks heaps for posting !! ooh isnt it huuuge…eek!

  • loramae
    loramaealmost 6 years ago

    Creepers!!! Good to see you! :O)

  • Geir Floede
    Geir Floedealmost 6 years ago

    So creepy!!!

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    A wee bit Scary Dave LOL!!!!

  • poppykitten
    poppykittenalmost 6 years ago

    How cool, I saw this on the TV, looks like the day of the Triffids.

  • pijinlane
    pijinlanealmost 6 years ago

    Totally brilliant

  • terjekj
    terjekjalmost 6 years ago


  • Harri
    Harrialmost 6 years ago

    Looks superb with this treatment! Real war of the worlds stuff!! Well done. :)

  • yes, it was War of the World’ish. Just needed Tom Cruise to run around looking frantic!! LOL

    – PhotogeniquE IPA

  • helene
    helenealmost 6 years ago

    Wow straight out of a sci fi movie – great work!

  • Louise Green
    Louise Greenalmost 6 years ago

    lovely treatment… I miss her!

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