Spider Art by Wendi Donaldson

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TOP TEN in Mood & Ambience – Outdoor Sculpture Challenge, August 2010
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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario – the capital city of Canada.

National Art Gallery Building in background.
Spider statue in foreground.
Canon 400D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

You can see this bronze spider outside of the National Gallery of Canada. Creator of Maman – French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois. This is the sixth and last in her series of environmental sculptures. The spider is 30-foot-tall with a sac of 26 pure white marble eggs. This series of The six sculptures have made an international sensation in the art world.
Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris, France. Her parents repaired tapestries. At 12, she started helping them draw the missing segments of the tapestries. At 15 she studied mathematics at the Sorbonne. Her studies of geometry contributed to her early cubist drawings. Still searching, she began painting, studying at the École du Louvre and then the École des Beaux-Arts, and worked as an assistant to Fernand Léger. In 1938 she moved with her American husband, Robert Goldwater, to New York City to continue her studies at the Art Students League of New York, feeling that she would not have stayed an artist had she continued to live in Paris. 1

She lives and works in New York City.

Pete…hope you like it…it’s the closest I’ll get to creepy crawlies!!!

Wendi is a fine art photographer currently living on the west coast of Canada. Her work has been published internationally in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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  • saseoche
    saseocheover 5 years ago

    Great structure and excellent capture………

  • Thanks Sas….glad you like this one!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Hi Wendi, you captured the sculpture and the modern building in the background very well. Now I need to look at the other five photos of your environmental sculptures, and I think it is a great idea for a photographic project. This spider is awesome!

  • Many thanks Cora…..had this for a long time – it’s ‘home’ for me…amazing buildings and sculptures there. Thanks!!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    My Goodness, what a fabulous talent that man has and you have portrayed it so well Wendi. I love how the gallery building in the bg lends it it’s massive scale.

  • Thanks Marion….it’s actually done by a woman. :) It’s an amazing sculpture and building too. Glad you like it.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    Oh dear, my apologies, for some reason I read her name as Louis.

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    But even better, she be a woman! lol

  • I totally agree with you Marion!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This looks like one of those cheesy horror movies with the giant spiders bigger than the buildings! Not saying the shot is cheesy…….it’s a great shot Wendi, but you know what I am getting at. Looks awesome framed :)

  • LOL!!! too funny – yeah, looks like a ‘B’ movie!!! Thanks Shell.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 5 years ago

    Wonderful angle love it and i do not like spiders.the building to the right looks great to with all that glass. well done.

  • Thanks Karen…it’s definitely an odd one there – certainly catches your attention.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Jerame    *
    Jerame *over 5 years ago


  • Hey you!! Thanks!!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 5 years ago

    This is a really cool sculpture…….if you like spiders. Great image

  • Yeah, it’s amazing….I HATE spiders I have to say…..ick!! Thanks Andy.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 5 years ago

    Wow, scary sculpture but still magnificent! Nicely captured Wendi :))

  • Thanks Ursula…. glad you like it.

    – Wendi Donaldson

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