Ottawa, Ontario – Do you have a 12-year-old boy who thinks spiders are really, really cool? Here’s an introduction to art that will get his attention. The National Gallery of Canada has acquired Maman, a 9.27 metre (30-foot) spider sculpture, which is now on display at the Gallery’s Plaza. The gargantuan bronze spider, by Louise Bourgeois, weighs 8,165 kg (or 18,000 lbs) and carries a sac of 20 pure white marble eggs under her belly. Spiders, with their ability to fabricate complex and calculated webs, serve as a natural metaphor for creativity. This artist intended this sculpture to be an ode to the artist’s mother, who was a restorer of tapestries. The National Gallery is home to more than 35,000 works of art, with displays in spacious galleries, a luminous Great Hall, quiet courtyards and beautiful gardens.
The glittering towers of National Gallery overlook the Ottawa River and the Parliament buildings. Quick Tips: There is free admission to the NGC collection on Thursdays after 5 pm, and admission is often free on Canada Day (always reconfirm on their website.) Time your visit to Ottawa for early May and you’ll see the city burst into bloom: more than three million tulips are planted throughout the Capital Region.
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr Ottawa, Ontario