WENATCHEE — When Marlin Peterson unleashed two 80-foot arachnids on a Seattle rooftop, the Wenatchee artist liked to ride up the Space Needle elevator just to hear his audience react. “Eww gross!” was to be expected. “Whoa, cool” was a nice surprise.
“My favorite reaction, and the one I was going for — a lot of people can’t tell if it’s a sculpture or it’s a painting,” Peterson said. “They’d argue back and forth, ‘No, it’s a sculpture, look at this part.’ That was definitely the most rewarding.”