Itsy Bitsy Spider
Originally a two-part sculpture (tarantula/cockroach, titled "The Last Tango") commissioned by Na "Aina Kai Sculpture/Botanical Gardens on Kauai, Hawaii, as part of Native American Navajo Village (inside a small cave of red-rock escarpment). Opportunity to explore a creature I had little familiarity with when I started.
Not the creatures horror movies have been led us to believe, tarantulas are actually shy nocturnal creatures, who rarely venture far from their burrows. Though they have eight eyes, they are virtually blind, using the sensitive hairs on their legs to sense vibrations and air changes from prey/predators. Tarantulas crossing the road? It’s mating season, and you are witnessing males searching for mates!
For many species, biting is not their first-line of defense against predators. Most New World tarantulas evolved “urticating hairs” on their abdomens, which they flick off with their hind legs. These hairs function like miniature barbed porcupine quills, causing great irritation to eyes and noses of would-be predators. Males generally live 8-10 years, females live to 30 years old!
While some species are more aggressive/sensitive than others, of over 850 tarantula species world-wide, with just a few exceptions, their bite is typically no more dangerous to humans than a bee sting.
Available Editions of this Artwork
|Edition Info||Edition Size||Dimensions||Edition Price|
|Bronze Ltd. Edition- "Itsy Bitsy Spider" | Sculpture Edition (Numbered)||25||4.25" H x 11.50" W x 10.50" D||$2,400.00 USD|