When first placed in the Qatar National Convention Center’s main lobby, many people were unhappy about the striking bronze, steel and marble piece of art.
However, after understanding the artist’s (Louise Bourgeois) rationale behind this imposing sculpture, it has become a beloved part of QNCC that after the initial shock, visitors and patrons alike fall in love with.
THE SPIDER IS AN ODE TO MY MOTHER. SHE WAS MY BEST FRIEND. LIKE A SPIDER, MY MOTHER WAS A WEAVER. SPIDERS ARE FRIENDLY PRESENCES THAT ARE HELPFUL AND PROTECTIVE, JUST LIKE MY MOTHER.
What looks like a scary monster from your childhood nightmares, is actually a fragile moment of a protective mother carrying three marble eggs. Bourgois’ mother used to repair tapestries in her father’s textile shop, so the spider makes sense, spinning and weaving webs just like her mother.
And just like her mother, a spider mom sacrifices herself for her children, giving further parallels between the sculpture and her mother’s untimely death when Bourgeois was just 21.