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Controversial Sculpture Finds A New Home In Southern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A giant creature has found a new job guarding a southern Utah business.

The St. George Spectrum reports that the "Giant Spider" sculpture will be the new mascot of Morgan Pest Control in St. George starting this week.

Artist Deveren Farley said he built the 17-foot sculpture from steel and Utah licenses plates he had bought from the Salt Lake City evidence department.

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"Giant Spider" had been publicly displayed in downtown St. George as part of an exhibit until April, when Morgan Pest Control purchased the art piece.

The eight-legged critter has evoked strong reactions on both sides. Local businesses competed to purchase the sculpture, while some residents complained the creature was too scary for public display.

Farley said the reactions make his art fun.