The Itsy, Bitsy Spider Grows Up

We all remember the song The Itsy, Bitsy Spider.  While I can’t identify the writer of this classic children’s song, Iza Trapani wrote a children’s book by the same name, all about that spider.

I cannot help but believe that if that itsy, bitsy spider had grown up, it would look much like this spider, a bronze sculpture cast in 1997 by the artist, Louise Bourgeois. It sits on the lawn of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art,  a short walk from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Mid-Town Kansas City.

Behind her, poised on the museum wall, is the “bitsy” version of the Kemper’s Spider.

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2 responses to “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider Grows Up

  1. It was love at first sight of this spider for me. I recently told a new Iowa friend who had visited the Nelson-Atkins to be sure to visit the Kemper Museum. I did not tell him who would greet him. I thought he might like to be surprised.

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