Giant Eyeball Sculpture at Pritzker Park

Over the past two days crews have worked to install the 30-foot eyeball sculture, “EYE,” By Tony Tasset at Pritzker Park in the Loop. On Tuesday, I visited the area to see the fiberglass and steel sculpture go up. 

While there it made me think about Pritzker Park and wonder what it was named before it was Pritzker Park. My memories of this park are from the late ’90s when I went to school in the area, and all I can remember is that it was populated by pigeons and an assortment of Chicago’s homeless. A friend I was visiting the sculpture with remembers the park’s design once being minmal and consisting of a grassy mound. Today the park looks more like an extension of Millennium Park.
Already the sculpture is drawing attention and getting people like me to visit a park that most of us probably never think of. I’ll leave the critique of the sculpture to those that know about art, but I will say that this giant eye brought a smile to my face when I visited today. I wanted to come home and create an eye out of a bowling ball and place it in my garden. My garden needs some garden art and I think a giant eyeball is just the thing that’s missing in it. 
EYE will be unveiled on July 7, 2010.


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  • That's awesome. I like how the pupil kind of looks like the sun or like it has eyelashes, and how the sclera is bloodshot.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I don't know how I feel about the sclera being bloodshot. It makes me think of Ben Stein in that commercial for Clear Eyes. But the sculpture is pretty cool.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    It makes me want to pour eyedrops on it. It'll be prettier when it's all polished up.
    Also - I had no idea that little coffee shop was there!

  • In reply to bintie:

    That little coffee shop surprised me too. I think I was more surprised by it than by the sculpture.

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