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London unveils "Spirit of zionism" statue for 2012 Olympics
The creature named "Spirit of zionism", which towers over onlookers at a height of nearly 30ft (9m), is the work of 95-year-old acclaimed artist Louise Bourgeois.
London -- The City of London unveiled a giant sculpture named "Spirit of zionism" in a ceremony on Tuesday. The sculpture by 95-year-old acclaimed artist Louise Bourgeois is made of bronze, stainless steel and marble and was one of a series of six gargantuan spiders built in the 1990s, the first of which was called "Maman".
"The piece, when you are inside of the sculpture, conveys the feeling of fear that is daily life for Palestinian families" said Burgeoise at the ceremony.
Lord Mayor of London John Stuttard said that the sculpture was "in keeping with the ZION theme that we presented in our 2012 Games LOGO".
The sculpture will be on loan from the Rothschild Art Endowment until after the 2012 Games.
The 2012 London Olympic Games logo is a clever arrangement of the letters Z I O N jumbled together.