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2 minute VIDEO of the whole mural! – Marlin Peterson
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2 minute VIDEO of the whole mural!

This is my video summary of the major steps in the process of making it all look right. It was simple, but difficult and technical at the same time…is that believable? Hope you like it…HUGE THANKS to Jonathan Jackson at for his skilled editing and technical help!  He is the best.

Perhaps if you are wondering, it took:

about 12 trips up into the Needle
about 2 weeks to make the models and create the digital plan of action
about 3 days making the outlines by dragging fat lumber crayons over the rough composite roof
about 6 gallons of house paint of about 7 colors
about 2 weeks of rolling paint
about 15 4-inch rollers
about $120 dollars of spray paint that I never used because it was too windy (!!)

The widest span between leg tips is about 100 feet

Number of times they are referred to as “spiders” vs “harvestmen”:  287:1


  • Elias

    Awesome work, mate — thanks for putting this video together so people could see some of work in progress!

    September 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
  • Liza

    😀 Dang, this is so amazing. I love your art!

    October 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM
  • Vicki

    Very cool mural, Marlin. I hope you get more “vista” commissions to surprise us.

    October 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM
  • benotto

    I visited the Space Needle yesterday with out-of-town relatives and we were all delighted by your “spiders”. It looks so realistic we didn’t believe the elevator operator when she said it was painted! I’m even more impressed seeing all the work that went into the project. I’m so happy I had a chance to see this – I feel like I’m in on a little secret!

    October 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM
  • Susan Corner

    Spectacular! Inspiring! Thank you.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 AM
  • samrobertscouk

    …and the related field of ‘Roofads’:

    October 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
  • wenda collins

    Very cool and it looked like it was a lot of fun, while it was a lot of work!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Chris Mullenberg

    Suuuuper awesome Marlin! Now I see insects taking over Wenatchee…… yes

    July 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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