A giant robotic spider that crawled down the side of the Notre Dame Basilica is receiving a backlash from Catholics, much to the surprise of the Archbishop.
The art installation was part of an exhibition featuring a robot spider and a robot dragon who walk around Ottawa interacting with buildings and traffic lights for four days. Eventually the two meet and battle each other.
Organisers approached the cathedral staff last year, asking if they could place the 40 tonne critter, named Kumo, on the building.
But several church-goers were shocked to see a giant spider perched on top of their place of worship, with some critics calling it "sacrilegious" and "demonic".
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast says while he anticipated some objection, he thought it "would be minimal".
"To those who were shocked - I understand that this would have been upsetting for them and I regret that a well-intentioned effort to cooperate in a celebration was anything but that for them," he told Canadian Catholic News.