Updated: 8 Aug 2014
To add mirth to playgrounds and outdoor decor (particularly xeriscaped areas and rock gardens), you may want to consider a large metallic spider. The one below was designed and welded by a friend, Dick Marvin, for installation at a Navajo playground in southern Utah.
The legs and antennae are made of rebar. The spider is approximately 6 feet in length, and sturdy enough for several large individuals to sit on. After its initial delivery to Westwater (a small Navajo community adjacent to Blanding UT), the spider was integrated into the overall playground landscape.
Dick made a smaller version of the spider for the landscaping around our agency’s building in Provo UT. This more-delicate spider is part of a demonstration xeriscaping project. It is approximately 2 feet in length. Unlike the above spider, this one is not intended for a playground environment, and instead was designed for a rock garden.
We hope to add a metalic land turtle to the front of our building.