Dan, Dunc, Toni and I went to Liverpool yesterday to see La Machine
‘s giant spider. It was part of the City of Culture stuff and has been going on for the past few days. Basically, it’s a giant mechanical spider and it walks through the city.
The spectacle was great, though, from seeing the spider on the side of a disused building next to the station, to the operators abseiling into it, to the band appearing on cranes (a different member or two on each of eight cranes; the percussionist, double bassist, harpist and keyboard-er-ist got plastic covering on their cranes, everyone else was explsed to the elements: fortunately the rain held off), to the sheer number of people, to the spider coming off the building, developing into this huge thing with 12 people inside it operating it, to it moving through the streets of the centre, spraying foam at people until it ended by exiting through a road tunnel.
There were water cannons, fireworks and blasts of flame to aid the spectacle. The whole thing lasted just over two hours, which is a pretty good bit of free entertainment (the Tinsley Towers took a few seonds, and it was in the middle of the night in the freezing cold and rain).
They’d also got the park lit up nicely with fairy lights and the museum was open in the day to catch all the tourists and locals (like us) who’d been caught out by misinformation on the BBC website and thought it began at 3, rather than 7.30/8.
More photos and vids on the book of face, and various people will have coverage all over the web. I’d have liked to see more of the City of Culture stuff, but if this is all I manage to see before this year (the fastest year in ages and ages for me, where’s it gone? 2006 was at least five times as long as this!), it was still worth it.