2008 Cowebs (Combloux)

Can you ask spiders to work for you?
Hiking in the woods of Haute Savoie I marveled at cobwebs with shapes I had never noticed before. They were difficult to photograph, because they were built not to be seen by their preys and there seemed to never be the right conditions of light and shade.
So I imagined what these cobwebs would look like if transplanted outside of their natural surroundings.

I carefully collected the spiders and created a new colony on a topiary I had noticed in a village cemetery. The shrub form was just right: not too edgy, yet unmistakenly shaped by man.
The spiders apparently appreciated their new home and the result was a sort of green, lively skyscraper, surrounded by crafty, sun-catching immaculate nets.