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.