It was my daughter who’s in London, wanting to see the ‘eyeball’ when we were in Dallas for the Christmas get together.
I didn’t think it could be this awesome! The 30 feet tall eyeball has the look and feel of a live one with veins and curious live retina actually looking at you, of course from a height.
Apparently it’s a sculpture, created by Chicago-based multimedia artist Tony Tasset.
The artwork is erected in the garden by Joules Hotel in the art district of downtown Dallas.
Enquiries show that it’s co-sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Information available on the net shows that the fresh looking Eye isn’t a new sculpture: in fact, working from a photo of his own eyeball, Tasset created his enormous orb back in 2007. Working with a company that specialized in creating fiberglass figures for roadside attractions, Tasset made The Eye for display as part of a temporary exhibition in Chicago that summer. After that, the giant eye collected dust in storage, until Headington bought it and put it on display at the Joule.
Another quote and statement explains it further “I just wanted to make something awesome,” says Tasset, who points out that it is important to him for his public works to be as widely understood as possible, as well as to totally transform the space they are in. Not only is the eye a universal icon, seen everywhere from the Masonic eye on the dollar bill to the flaming eye of an Ed Hardy tattoo, but there aren’t many spaces a gigantic, bloodshot retina can’t utterly transfigure.
I can only say that it’s indeed an awesome display. Perhaps you don’t want to be in front, to be stared at by this monster and be alone!