Visitors to the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia will be greeted this month by a nearly 200-pound spider.
The giant arachnid was installed Friday morning above the museum’s main entrance to coincide with the upcoming Boo Bash event. Jasen Holstrom, the museum’s exhibits and facilities technician, spent the past week building the spider out of recycled items such as plastic garbage cans and poly pipe.
Holstrom modeled the sculpture after a female cross orbweaver spider that he photographed at his Olympia home. The legs on his creation measure 10 to 15 feet long, and the whole thing weighs 196 pounds.
Holstom has been involved with other art projects at the museum, but this is his biggest project so far, he said.
“It’s hollow and light,” he said as museum visitors gawked at the spider.
Jillian Henze, the museum’s communications manager, said the cross orbweaver spider replica is a perfect fit for the museum’s educational mission for wildlife displays. She praised Holstrom for using realistic colors for the sculpture instead of settling with a stereotypical black spider.
“Everything in the museum is indigenous to the Northwest,” she said.
Boo Bash is an annual fall costume party slated for noon-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE. To register or learn more, go to hocm.org or call 360-956-0818.