Kings Park spi­der gets party go­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - Tanya MacNaughton

AR­CA­DIA Aus­tralia was the most pho­tographed and pho­to­genic 50-tonne gi­ant spi­der in Perth over the week­end.

Dom­i­nat­ing El­iz­a­beth Quay, it lured crowds to its water­front web over three nights for a spec­ta­cle of ar­chi­tec­tural en­gi­neer­ing bril­liance and a multi-sen­sory im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing pump­ing dance mu­sic, fire, strobe light­ing and aeri­al­ists.

A host of DJs spent time spin­ning the tunes dur­ing sets in the spi­der's body DJ booth, but it was the Yal­lorr Keenin­yarra Dance of the Wad­juk Nyun­gar/Peo­ple led by Barry McGuire that re­ally got the party started.

Unit­ing the Ar­ca­dia spi­der with the sa­cred Wad­juk spi­der of Gar­rgatup (Kings Park), the tra­di­tional dance had not been per­formed to WA pub­lic since 1901 and fin­ished with the crowd in­vited to join in to dance be­low the belly of the spi­der.

The joy­ous at­mos­phere as Abo­rig­i­nal, WA and Aus­tralian flags flew from each spi­der leg was a spe­cial mo­ment to savour.

The Lords of Light­ning proved a huge crowd pleaser as four mil­lion volts of elec­tric­ity flowed around the pair’s bod­ies while they bat­tled atop two podi­ums.

But it was the spi­der ev­ery­one had come to see and The Land­ing Show, a breath­tak­ing 30-minute vis­ual se­quence of ae­rial artists, py­rotech­nics and me­chan­i­cal wiz­ardry un­like any other, left the crowd spell­bound.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie d462638

Ara­ca­dia was an in­cred­i­ble spec­ta­cle at El­iz­a­beth Quay.

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