A giant, 30 foot spider is on the move in Liverpool.

But it's just a mechanical one. Liverpool - famous for, amongst other thing, The Beatles, currently holds the title of European Capital of Culture 2008.

Pictured: The 30ft mechanical spider terrorising Liverpool

By Daily Mail Reporter
03rd September 2008
Daily Mail

Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture 2008

A giant spider has been spotted on the skyline of one of Britain's biggest cities - but arachnophobes need not fear.

The huge insect spotted in Liverpool is in fact entirely mechanical and part of a new piece of street theatre organised to mark its year as Capital of Culture.

Weighing 37 tonnes and standing 50ft high, the spider is currently clinging to the side of Concourse Tower in the city.

Looming: The giant 37-ton spider clings on the side of Liverpool's concourse building

The street theatre event is being staged by the same group of artists who brought London to a halt with their Sultan Elephant two years ago.

That show saw a 12-metre tall puppet pachyderm roam the city and became one of the most talked-about public spectacles of recent years.

French arts collective La Machine are keeping exact details of the Liverpool event a close secret but it has been in the planning for 18 months.

Spectacle: The insect is due to come alive on Friday as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations

It is thought the insect will come down from its current position tomorrow and then 'wake up' on Friday before starting to explore the city.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected in Liverpool over the three days to try and see the mechanical arachnid.

It has been billed as one of the highlights of the Capital of Culture celebrations and has cost 1.8 million.

The spider was built in Nantes, France, before being shipped to England and assembled in a top-secret location.

Danger in the dark: The giant spider will be operated by artists from French theatre company La Machine