This model of a female Sydney funnel-web spider at Jamberoo Action Park in New South Wales, Australia just set a new record for Largest Spider Sculpture.
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The mighty 19.7 metres (64 ft 7.59 in) high arachnid made of steel, fibreglass and concrete took a year to construct. It was created to accompany the park's Funnel Web water slide ride and is over 420 times larger than the spider it depicts.
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The spider is 22.2 m (72 ft 10.01 in) in width and 15 m (49 ft 2.55 in) in length and was manufactured in Malaysia. To put it in perspective, each fang is an incredible 3.5m long. The spider weighs 7.5 tonnes in total, with 52.8 tonnes of concrete supporting the steel frame structure.
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Graphic via Jamberoo Action Park
The ride itself opened in December 2012 with construction of the sculptured spider commencing in February 2014, completed 12 months later in February 2015. It was officially measured in July and approved by our records team early this month.
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The spider was anatomically designed based on the venemous female Sydney Funnel Web Spider, which is larger than the male of the species and is found locally in the Australian state of New South Wales. A bite from the spider can result in serious injury or death. The spiders live in silk-lined tubular burrows set with trip lines to capture prey.
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The previous record holder was ‘Maman’ (1999) by the French artist Louise Bourgeois. Measuring 9.27 m (30 ft 4.96 in) high and 10.2 m (33 ft 5.57 in) across, the steel and bronze sculpture is over 36 times larger than the world’s largest real spider, the bird-eating Theraphosa blondi from Venezuela, which can reach 28 cm (11 in) across its leg span. The original steel version is owned by the Tate Modern in London, UK.