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The Roppongi Hills giant Maman spider sculpture

The Maman spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois is a famous landmark in Tokyo.  You can find it under one of Tokyo’s tallest skyscrapers, Roppongi Hills.  At 30 feet tall and 33 feet wide, it is tough to miss.   It might not be the best place to meet someone who fears arachnids.  But that is why people use it, a meeting spot.  The first time I saw it, it creeped me out a little.  After seeing it so many times, it’s not scary at all.  It has become a part of the area.  Actually, it reminds me more of one of the Martians from the H. G. Wells book, War of the Worlds.

Maman Spider Sculpture in front of Roppongi Hills

It is a fantastic piece of work with a lot of detail.  From below, you can see twenty-six marble eggs inside its belly.   There is nothing scary about it at all.

Maman Spider Sculpture egg sac

There are six more of these Maman spider sculptures around the world.  And even if you have a fear of eight-legged creatures, I doubt you’ll find them very scary after you see them a few times!  After all, the artist created them in honor of her mother.  Spiders are like mothers, nurturers, and protectors of their young.  Plus, they also weave and spin their homes.  They are just like our mothers.  And if that fails, you could try my idea.  Think of them as Martians!


Sculpture legs and body
Maman Spider Sculpture with sky behind
Sculpture with trees behind

Where is Louise Bourgeois’s Maman spider sculpture?

The spider is under the Roppongi Hills skyscraper in Roppongi.  It is a short walk from Roppongi Station, which is on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo Lines.  Here is a map:

And lastly, the photos here were from my third attempt at photographing the giant spider.  To be honest, I think a couple of them seem a little soft.  That might be a result of the time of day.  I went there relatively late in the afternoon.  Some day, I’ll try again.  Please come back to check those pictures out!

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