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This 9 meter (30 foot)-tall spider looms outside of the Tate Modern, an art museum in London, England. Artist Louise Bourgeois created the steel sculpture in honor of her mother. Why? Her mother had a skill also shared by spiders--she was a weaver, Spiders have special glands that produce silk and an organ called a spinneret that forms individual threads. Besides making prey-snaring webs, spiders use their silk to wrap up food, drop down from high places, and form egg sacs, Bourgeois's giant spider carries just such a sac beneath her abdomen, although this one is woven out of metal and filled with marble eggs.
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Title Annotation:YOU CAN DO IT
Publication:Science World
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 27, 2008
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