A 30-foot tall, 37-ton robotic spider is arachnously clinging to the side of a Liverpudian office building.
Created by French company La Machine, the installation cost £1.8million to bring to Liverpool – and all but £250,000 of this was funded by the taxpayer.
The story behind the artwork is that French 'scientists' have arrived in the city to investigate it.
They will use cranes to remove the animal off the tower block, before taking it to their 'research base' in Liverpool's new concert venue, the Echo Arena.
There, the creature will undergo a series of experiments, allowing the team to show off special effects using water, fire and artificial snow.
The local octogenarians seem to like it. Quoth Eric Wilson from West Derby: "It's novel, I think some will like it." High praise indeed! As a non-Liverpudian, I certainly like it, but I imagine any hopes of a clockwork robot spider stalking Liverpool — capturing horrified pedestrians in sticky hydraulic webbing and draining them to husks — will quickly be dashed.
The 30ft mechanical spider terrorising Liverpool [Daily Mail]