PHOTOS: Sculpture That Stares Back

Tony Tasset's new "Eye" sculpture reflects many ever-watching presences

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KPRC
Crews were out in Chicago's Pritzker Park to put in place the iris of the centerpiece of the Chicago Loop Alliance's inaugural "Art Loop 2010". Tom Tasset's work "EYE"was commissioned to keep watch on the park.
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The Willis Tower is visible, although not to The Eye itself.
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Courtesy of Josh Gibson
A worker holds the bottom of the iris in place while they fit it
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Shannon McDermott
"EYE" is an art paired with "CARDINAL", which is a collection of 156 street banners that create a flip-book effect of a flying cardinal.
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VIDEO: Watch reactions to the gigantic sculpture...
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The crane operator waits as workers attach the iris to the crane
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"I think it's a waste of money. You see homeless people right next to this thing and think the money could go to them. They just want to make the city look nice." - Erick
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The bright blue iris, meant to reflect Tasset's own eye, is attached to the crane.
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A worker removes securing holds from the trailer
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Tasset's specialties include photography, bronze, wax, film, and even taxidermy
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The iris stares at everyone as it passes overhead
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Shannon McDermott
"It looked a little gross at first with the veins, but it looks better now that they've got the iris on." - Justine Barbier
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The iris was brought in from Sparta WI, where the rest of the eye was also fabricated.
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Tony Tasset's new 30-foot fiberglass sculpture "EYE", lacking an iris, sits gaping in Pritzker Park as workers prepare to install it
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"It's odd, it's unique. It looks like it's watching you. That's Chicago, we're an art city. That's what makes the city attractive to tourists" -Tracy Ellis
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