Keeping an Eye on Art

The eye Chicago illnois

Keep your eyes open in July for this sculpture!  Actually, you won’t be able to miss it:  this gigantic eyeball sculpture shall go on display at Pritzker Park Chicago, Illinois. The Three dimensional sculpture by Tony Tasset goes on display in the park on July 7th until October 31st (Halloween) this year.

The blue iris was the artist’s choice as he has blue eyes himself.  He has chosen the eye because it has always been an important symbol in Egypt. The artist is hoping that the eye will enhance the space and make it more interesting.  He has made a smaller similar symbol in a St Louis park, Missouri.

The giant eye will be a major talking point (the  cost goes into six figures..).  People will either love it or hate it.  The artist acknowledges that some will find the eye creepy –  he calls it a ‘surrealist-noir”.  I am put in mind of the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou  by Luis Buñuel (Writer/Director).  This is a famous film where the opening scene shows a woman’s eye being cut by a razor.  There is also something about the sculpture which makes me think of surrealist Rene Magritte – just the sort of incongruous kind of thing he would do if he’d been a sculptor.

What do we think about it? Love, Hate or just indifferent?  Forgot to add ‘like’…that’s my opinion:)

image  and more info here
Beautiful egyptian eye image available from  here
Laumeiere Sculpture Park image here 
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2 Responses to “Keeping an Eye on Art”

  1. artistatexit0 Says:

    Hmmm…what do I think? It’s okay. If you make anything large enough it’s bound to be of some interest. Have you seen (no pun intended) Tony Oursler’s art. He projects eye images onto round sculptures and these at least blink? I have seen a few Magritte sculptures. They were late bronze editions of some of his more familiar painted images. Thanks for your post…I will keep an “eye out” for this the next time I’m in Chicago.

  2. I hadn’t even thought about the Oursler connection – but yes, I can ‘see’ it:) I have seen his work in Liverpool Tate a few years ago. It was a video installation of a projected head (it may have ben an eye though), it was saying something like ‘help me’. it has half hidden underneath a sofa. Very strange. I’ve looked to find the name of it but to no avail.

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