One of the good things about being a displaced Yorkshireman in Merseyside is the fact that Liverpool is the 2008 European Capital of Culture. This means that the city is awash with vast amounts of cash that it wouldn’t normally have. Someone at the council decided to spend some of that money on La Machine, essentially a gigantic robotic spider. A fifty foot tall, thirty seven tonne spider. One that looked like it could hurt Optimus Prime, or at least give him a spider related heebee jeebies.
It stayed here for one weekend and was the biggest ever piece of free street theatre / street art in the world (so I’ve been told). If you want to see it in action check out the link (or search youtube for La Machine)
The only really disappointments were the fact that the legs aren’t self supporting (it’s actually mounted on a small truck), the abysmal weather and the uncontrolled crowds. Oh and I would have liked it to attack someone like Shelob from Lord of The Rings. Preferably the woman who kept chain smoking in my face in the middle of the crowd.