Chicago, IL (2010) – Yes, it’s true. You were being watched at the corner of State and Van Buren in Pritzker Park, Chicago during the summer of 2010, thanks to artist Tony Tasset’s installation sculpture EYE. A project of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop 2010, Eye was a giant, über-realistic eyeball made of 9,000 pounds of fiberglass and 9,000 pounds of steel. Created and installed in July as part of Art Loop 2010’s summer art programming, the 30-foot-high sculpture kept vigil over Pritzker Park through late October. While the piece had an ick factor for many Chicago residents (with the realistic thin, red veins running through the white of the eyeball and the iridescent blue iris), that wasn’t Tasset’s intention for the piece. “It’s a symbol of consciousness and being part of a community,” Tasset told Time Out Chicago.
Tasset is an American multimedia artist with a special artistic interest in taxidermy. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006 and currently resides in Chicago.