Eye See You

September 25, 2010

Okay, pardon the silly headline.  I was walking through downtown Chicago and noticed something a little different staring at me…a sculpture created by local artist Tony Tasset.  On display in Chicago’s Pritzger Park through October, it’s an example of how Chicago has embraced summertime in the big city.

In this second picture, you’ll notice the Sears (now called Willis) Tower in the background. I’m usually not very good interpreting deep meaning behind works of art, but in today’s world of cameras (big brother is watching) at many busy intersections and tired eyes from hard working bloggers staring at their computer screens, I could appreciate this amusing and timely piece of work.

How about you…did your city commission any public works of art for the summer?  If so, please share.

1 Nadia Ballas-Ruta September 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi Tim,

That is so cool! One of the things I loved about living in Chicago was all the cool statues and buildings. This is another example of how cool that city is on so many levels.

And when did they change the name of the Sears Tower????

As for the town we live in now…I have no clue. They are currently doing some changes to the art museum and I cannot wait to go and check it out.

2 Tim October 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

Hi Nadia: I think in the grand scheme of things, this giant eyeball has probably received more negative response than positive – at least from what I’ve heard. But I enjoy the playful aspect of it. I don’t remember when you were in Chicago, but the biggest summer art attraction here was the Cows on Parade where cows would be decorated and placed all over the city. It was very creative and amusing. This year, I heard NYC had pianos placed at various parks, which prompted some impromptu jam sessions. As far as the Sears Tower name goes…it was renamed about a year ago. There are people in Chicago, myself included, that will always refer to that building as Sears Tower. Thanks for stopping by!

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