Monday, August 19, 2013 , Updated 2:33 p.m., August 27, 2013
Giant eyeball sculpture installed on Main Street in Dallas
And it's watching you.
DALLAS A watchful eye will be stationed on Main Street in downtown Dallas once the installation of a 30-foot-tall human eyeball sculpture is completed next week.
The piece, aptly named “Eye,” will live on a lot directly across from The Joule Hotel for an indefinite amount of time, according to Laura Noble, Headington Companies spokeswoman.
Installation of the structure began Monday.
The lot that houses the art is being dubbed a “temporary outdoor exhibition space” while representatives from Headington Companies analyze the site’s potential for development, Noble said. The Nasher Sculpture Center is a programming partner for this space.
The idea was to create "a place-making space for downtown Dallas across from The Joule Hotel and shops development,” Noble said via email. “A temporary exhibition space for a significant art installation seemed like a great way to achieve that while further developing a sense of art and culture in downtown Dallas.”
“Eye” by Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset acts as a symbol of knowledge and power juxtaposed against the pop-culture notion of larger-than-life commercial advertising. It was originally commissioned as part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop program in 2010, when it watched over the city’s Prtizker Park. Headington Companies recently acquired the sculpture. It's made out of fiberglass, resin, oil paint, and steel.
Downtown passersby can experience and photograph “Eye” for free, though the sculpture will be surrounded by a fence.
UPDATE: Our buddies at FD Luxe made a video of the assembly:
The assembly of the “Eye” by Tony Tasset at The Joule
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