Maman, the enormous spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois that stands in Crystal Bridges’ courtyard, is sporting a fetching set of stockings today. The custom-made Gore-Tex socks are designed to protect the sculpture from potentially damaging components in the de-icer used to keep this busy area free of ice in the current cold and wet weather. Even withouth the socks, damage to the sculpture is highly unlikely, however. While most sidewalks around the Museum are de-iced with a common commercial granular formula, to protect the sculpture, the Museum’s courtyard is de-iced with non-corrosive potassium acetate, the same formula used to de-ice airplanes. While the socks may not reflect the artist’s original intent for Maman, when weighing intent against conservation, we thought it better to err on the side of caution. The socks will be removed as soon as the weather permits.