The Huntsman


An oversized spider leisurely roams along Rosebank Road in the Auckland suburb of Avondale and in Herne Bay juxtaposed against stop motion images of screams from Grade B horror movies of fictional killer spiders. Of the 35,000 species of spiders described worldwide, only a handful are considered to be dangerous and only 27 are known to have caused human fatalities.The irrational fear of spiders is an apt trope for unfounded fear -in the colloquial sense, “paranoia”, which conditions racism, diffidence and the Hobbesian trap of violence. The 3D digital spiders were modelled on a freeze-dried Avondale spider from the Auckland Museum scanned at Formscan, North Auckland. Avondale spiders were the spiders shipped from Auckland to LA for the movie "Arachnophobia". They are harmless.

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