Stop Looking at Me! Downtown Dallas Acquires Giant Eyeball Sculpture

by Paula Newton August 19, 2013

Tasset_eyeA giant human eyeball has arrived in downtown Dallas to be installed across the street from The Joule Hotel, whose impressive contemporary artwork collection was featured a couple months ago in the New York Times.

Originally commissioned as part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop program in 2010, Eye, by Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset, was acquired by Headington Companies, owner of The Joule. Now, it’s “a place-making space,” according to a Headington Companies spokesperson. “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.”

The 30-foot-tall sculpture is meant to conjure up ideas of knowledge, power, pop culture, and surveillance, with a huge playland ick-factor. It should be great for tourist photo-ops, except that the final installation (in 10 days) will include a fence.


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Natasha December 1, 2013 - 22:14

My first time seeing the giant eye ball sculpture with my 8yr old daughter and 13yr old son. We were certainly wowed by it. Grest work TONY TASSET ! Thanks for bringing your work to Dallas !

Joe Spurlock December 2, 2013 - 11:09

Yeah, the fence is necessary (to idiot proof the sculpture) but it does disrupt the viewing experience. Just read the Artstroller write up about this too.

Jean James April 30, 2014 - 22:32

Between being displayed in Chicago, and now in Dallas, it was back in Sparta, WI, at the company where it was actually built! For almost 2 years! In an open field area, along the road. Now THAT was surreal.


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