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Illusions
11:46 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Video update: The making of two giant arachnids at Seattle Center

One of two giant harvestmen painted on a roof at the Seattle Center, as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Earlier this month, we wrote about the creation of two huge “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center. The harvestmen, created by 3-D mural artist Marlin Peterson, cast long shadows and look pretty darn realistic (considering the widest span between leg tips is 100 feet).

Peterson has released a two-minute video showing the creation of the spiders from concept to paint:

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Da Vinci mystery
9:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Could this be an early 'Mona Lisa?'

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:41 am

The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci.

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Illusions
12:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How two 60-foot arachnids came to life on a Seattle roof

Two daddy longlegs on the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Sure there was “ooh” and “aah” and “wow” from the top of the Space Needle on a sunny afternoon overlooking Seattle earlier this week, but then came “Oh my god!” and “What is that?” and “That’s amazing.”

The culprit?

Two 60-plus-foot “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center, casting long shadows and looking all the world like they could be real (if our universe allowed such things).

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