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Giant spider 'attacks' city

2008-09-04 06:02:32 GMT2008-09-04 14:02:32 (Beijing Time) China Daily

It is created by the same people behind the Sultan's Elephant which galumphed around London. [Agencies]

A giant spider hangs off the side of Liverpool's Concourse tower as part of a piece of free theatre by french company La Machine entitled "Les Mecaniques Servants" in Liverpool, September 3, 2008. Over the next three days the 37 tonne spider which stands at 50 feet (15 metres) tall will be manually operated and walk through the streets of Liverpool as part of the city's European capital of culture celebrations. [Agencies]

A giant spider hangs off the side of Liverpool's Concourse tower as part of a piece of free theatre by french company La Machine entitled "Les Mecaniques Servants" in Liverpool, September 3, 2008. Over the next three days the 37 tonne spider which stands at 50 feet (15 metres) tall will be manually operated and walk through the streets of Liverpool as part of the city's European capital of culture celebrations. [Agencies]

A giant spider hangs off the side of Liverpool's Concourse tower as part of a piece of free theatre by french company La Machine entitled "Les Mecaniques Servants" in Liverpool, September 3, 2008. Over the next three days the 37 tonne spider which stands at 50 feet (15 metres) tall will be manually operated and walk through the streets of Liverpool as part of the city's European capital of culture celebrations. [Agencies]

A giant spider hangs off the side of Liverpool's Concourse tower as part of a piece of free theatre by french company La Machine entitled "Les Mecaniques Servants" in Liverpool, September 3, 2008. Over the next three days the 37 tonne spider which stands at 50 feet (15 metres) tall will be manually operated and walk through the streets of Liverpool as part of the city's European capital of culture celebrations. [Agencies]

The 20-tonne creature marks the beginning of a five-day piece of street theatre as part of the Capital of Culture year.

It is created by the same people behind the Sultan's Elephant which galumphed around London complete which passengers in May 2006.

The £250,000 spider, which is around 20 metres across and 15 metres high and made of poplar wood and steel, is operated by 12 people strapped onto its frame.

It is expected to "wake up" on Friday when it will move about the city terrifying and delighting locals in equal measure.

Helen Marriage, the producer of the show and director of Artichoke - a London-based company producing the event, said: "We brought the elephant to London in 2006 and that weighed 42 tons, moved slowly through the streets and definitely did not climb buildings.

"This one's more mobile and much more flexible. It has 50 axes of movement so all of it moves as you would expect an insect to move.

"It is an unfolding story that takes place in all the public spaces in the city using the great buildings as its stage."

By Wednesday morning, a crowd of onlookers had gathered around the base of the building near Lime Street train station in Liverpool city centre.

Eric Wilson, 82, said: "There's never a dull moment in Liverpool. It's a great city."

His wife Dorothy, also 82, added: "I wouldn't like to meet it in the dark."

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