Ottawa has plenty of fascinating architecture but one of its more notable structures is getting something of a makeover. It looks like the Ottawa spider statue known as "Maman" will be going through some renovations this month, so your Halloween selfies will have to hold off, at least for now. The lighting work is set to be completed before the end of October and should make Maman more dramatic for visitors after dark, just in time for Halloween.

The National Gallery of Canada's well-known arachnid sculpture will be closed off to the public while it goes through a lighting upgrade. In the meantime, Maman's legs have been wrapped up in order to protect it while renovations are underway.

"They will be installing a new (lighting) system that'll be waterproof and more durable than the existing one," Geneviève Ménard, media relations manager at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), told Narcity. "At the same time, we will be installing nine new LED lights that will last longer than the previous ones."

The sculpture, designed by famed late French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, stands at 9.25 metres tall and weighs over 6,000 kilograms. It was purchased by the NGC for around $3.2 million back in 2005 and was the gallery's most expensive purchase ever at the time.

Although spiders may be unsettling for some, Maman is a beloved and popular signature sculpture for many Ottawatians as it towers among the gallery buildings. So protecting it makes sense.

So, if you plan to visit the city or just want to get the best picture for Halloween you can expect to see it in full lights well in time for the spookiest day of the year, if all goes according to plan.

"October 23 is when we hope, though, of course, that is weather permitting," adds Ménard.

"Maman" was created by Bourgeois back in 1999 in New York. Made out of bronze, stainless steel, and marble, the sculpture stands tall on all eight legs.

It's already an imposing sculpture, but we imagine that these renos will make it an even more impressive sight after dark.

Perfect for that creepy selfie right on time for Halloween!

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