Not so itsy-bitsy spider

If you watched the old Hanna/Barbera animated TV series Jonny Quest in the 1960s, then you probably remember the episode with the giant robot spider. In the show, Jonny’s Dad, Dr. Benton Quest, is working on a top secret weapon for the government and the evil Dr. Napoleon Zin sends the ‘bot to spy on him. The form of a spider was a great choice given most people’s fear of arachnids and insects. The robot, with its round body and single eye, was indestructible. Machine gun fire didn’t even slow it down, and it only flinched when shot at by a tank (which begs the question: If Dr. Zin had this unstoppable machine, why didn’t he use it as a weapon instead of trying to steal Dr. Quest’s?).


One of the most eye-catching pieces at the California State Fair’s fine art exhibit is this mixed media sculpture in the shape of a giant spider titled “Pest Control” by David Mudgett of Walnut Creek. In his synopsis, Mudgett explains why he created it. “Spiders have traditionally been given a bad rap. Often needlessly destroyed out of fear, they could benefit from a spokesman in their defense. An intricate strand in the web of life, spiders serve us in many ways. A natural combatant against garden pests, spiders also reduce the number of disease-carrying insects in our communities…It is my hope that this sculpture will act as an ambassador, provoking the viewer to face his or her fears by looking past the stigma and realizing the true magnificence of these creatures.”

When I saw it, all I could think about was the Jonny Quest episode.

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