Black Widow Spider of Stainless Steel

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Denver, North Carolina

A neighborhood exterminator company named Innovative Pest Management wanted a big bug to draw attention to its roadside location, but not a "cartoon" bug. So it hired a local race car designer-turned-sculptor, Dave Simpson, and he created a nightmare-big (but properly scaled) black widow spider of gleaming stainless steel. He perched the arachnid, with its eight-foot-long crab monster legs and bulbous behind, on a granite boulder, which was then placed on the business's front lawn in 2010. The pest and its rock weigh a combined three tons, with detail so fine that you can see the spider's hideous little hairs.

Black Widow Spider of Stainless Steel

Address:
6596 Campground Rd, Denver, NC
Directions:
Innovative Pest Management. Very close to downtown Denver. Take NC 16 to Campground Road. Big spider is near the intersection of Campground Road and Bellwood Lane.
Phone:
704-489-2847
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