I am really a huge fan of Lincoln welding products and machines. This giant Spider sculpture was created for the entrance to a ride called "The Spider" located at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah. It is 26 feet long, 16 feet tall and weighs 2,200 pounds.
One requirement for the structure was it had to withstand the extreme weather conditions we have in Utah. Another was the design had to be flexible and allow for disassembly to paint, transport, and then reassemble at the park. Finally, we had only six weeks to complete the project!
The only way to meet the aggressive deadline was to have a team of skilled craftsmen totally devoted to the project.
We began by drawing life-sized templates that we could follow step-by-step. The legs were forged round and tapered with a curve in them. As on a real black widow spider, the front legs are the longest, the back legs are the next longest, and the middle four legs are the shortest.
The rear bag or body of the spider was created out of epoxy resin, which was reinforced with steel and hard expanding foam. The head was made of two 30 inch hemispheres (tank ends) modified to create a lifelike but stylized spider head. The teeth were formed hot by blacksmithing.
When fabrication was done, we utilized a two-part powder coat process that included a black base coat and blue pearlescent top coat. We added an air tank with a solenoid valve that allowed the spider to "hiss," and a water line that ran onto the two front teeth so that she could drool on her unsuspecting victims.
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