Tony Tasset Eye Sculpture: Construction in Pritzer Park
The is an enormous eye, being constructed in Pritzker Park, near State and Jackson in downtown Chicago. Three stories tall, it’s the creation of artist Tony Tasset, and while it may not be his first eye to be displayed in public… it’s the largest.
Construction began yesterday, although today workers seem close to putting the whole piece together. I got a text from my coworker Chris, who alerted me to the fact that they were building today.
I work right at the corner of State/Jackson, so we can see the park and can watch the construction from some of the office windows. During lunch, I swung by for a few photos.
Guy taking a nap while no one can see.
Closeup of the eye – the frame/structure is on the left, but workers were busy piecing together the topmost portion. Luckily, while I was standing there… they lifted up a large portion of the eye.
Slowly placing the top of the eye.
Fastening the pieces together.
It was hard to get a good shot of the interior – this is the best one I got.
About 100 feet away, workers were working on the base of the sculpture.
Here’s a view of the interior frame.
Peeking through the gate at a piece of the eye.
Looking towards the base.
Another interior shot. This gives a bit more perspective on how large the thing really is.
I stopped by Kashif’s office, where there’s a pretty direct view of the sculpture. We’re up on the seventh floor, looking over State/Jackson.
I spoke briefly with a woman who looked like the official photographer. On a whim, I asked if I could get a hard hat and come inside to take more photos… but got shot down. Swing and a miss.
I did find out though that the sculpture itself weighs six tons (at least that’s what one of the workers told me). According to the photographer, the plans are to put the eye together today and install the iris tomorrow. Despite the fact that the official unveiling is slated for July 7th, she felt that people would be working on the sculpture all the way up until that day.
His piece entitled Blob Monster is pretty awesome, and looks like it was set up right at the Merchandise Mart, where we all used to work. I’m bummed to have missed out on that.
// Edit: During the afternoon, I kept sneaking back to Kashif’s office to see if I could catch them raising the eye into place with the crane. Unfortunately, I missed the actual lift, but I have a few more before and afters.
The top part of the eye is assembled, and a second level is created off the main structure.
The eyeball, being put into place.