Eye on Chicago: Tony Tasset's EYE, & Big Plans from the Chicago Loop Alliance

Big Plans for Chicago Art from the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and the Unveiling of Tony Tasset's EYE & CARDINAL

This post is courtesy of CGN blog guest contributor, Laura Miller.

Despite the heat, many gathered in Pritzker Park Wednesday morning, at the corner of State and Van Buren, for the unveiling of internationally renowned contemporary artist Tony Tasset's  30-foot-tall EYE, and 156 of his CARDINAL State Street banners.  As the crowd approached they were greeted by a large shape covered with a mysterious white tarp bearing the logo for the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), the organization that coordinated Tasset's installation, as a part of the inaugural and hefty Art Loop 2010.  After some opening remarks by organizers and Tasset himself, the tarp was pulled away to reveal a shiny, stunning blue eyeball - red veins and all.  Made of steel reinforced fiberglass, the sculpture will be up through October 31.

CLA's Art Loop 2010 includes Tasset's installations, as well as free public programming at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pritzker Park (home to the EYE), Harold Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center, and other programs and tours.  Pop-Up Art Loop is another component of Art Loop 2010 that has taken advantage of empty storefronts around the Loop and transformed them into makeshift gallery spaces, exhibits and studios.  The best way to tour Pop-Up Art Loop galleries, visit Tasset's EYE, or see many of the city's well known permanent public installations, including those by Calder, Miro, Chagall, Picasso and Anish Kapoor, download a tour map from the CLA website, or visit the ArchiCenter at 224 S. Michigan for an MP3 version.

Another CLA initiative, and something else to look forward to in October, is the launch of Art Loop Open.  The CLA and the Chicago Artists' Coalition will launch this free, interactive, multi-venue art installation in the Loop for two weeks, October 15-29.  Artists will exhibit their work at various venues and spaces in the Loop, and the public will vote on their favorites, awarding cash prizes to the artists with the most votes.

The CLA advocates for many of Chicago's most appealing historic and contemporary spaces in the Loop and focuses on bringing them together to support one another and showcase a more vibrant and flourishing area for Chicagoans and city visitors.

If you have your own photos of the EYE, please feel free to email them to info@chicagogallerynews.com and we'll post with your photo credit on the blog this week! 

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