Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)

Tony Tasset’s Eye in Dallas, Texas (& Chicago)

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Keep your eye out for this roadside attraction: Tony Tasset’s Eye, a giant eyeball in Dallas, Texas.

That’s right, this Dallas tourist attraction is no optical illusion. It really is a 30-foot tall eyeball made from 8,000 to 9,000 pounds of fiberglass, 9,000 pounds of steel, resin and paint.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

The giant eye sculpture was created in 2007 by Chicago-based multimedia artist Tony Tasset. He worked with fiberglass manufacturers at Fast Fiberglass (then F.A.S.T. Corp) in Sparta, Wisconsin to construct the massive veiny pupil that was modeled after his very own eye.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

Tasset was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960. He received his BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati and, in 1985, his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works in sculpture, bronze, wax, photography, film, and taxidermy can be seen in exhibitions all around the world from Los Angeles to New York to Ecuador to Portugal.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

The Tony Tasset Eye was originally installed in Chicago’s Pritzker Park (at State Street and Van Buren Street, across from the DePaul Center) in 2010 where it peeped into the windows of the nearby el train. The artwork was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop program and it spent a summer keeping an eye out over downtown Chicago. It was quite a spectacle!

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)

After being dismantled and spending some time in storage, the fiberglass sculpture found a new life in Dallas in August 2013 when it was installed at the the five-star Joule Hotel‘s sculpture garden.

The hotel boasts an extensive collection of modern art, displaying works from Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss, Richard Phillips, and Andy Warhol inside. The sculpture garden is co-sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center, an offset of the Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

You have to keep a close eye out to see the Dallas eyeball, the lot it stands on is closed to the public. But you can see it from a distance on a normal day or attend a public event to get a closer look.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

You might think the Eye sculpture has a deeper meaning, but, according to the artist, it really doesn’t. In an interview in Interview Magazine Tony Tasset proclaims that sometimes a (giant) eye is just a (giant) eye.

“People have been so conditioned to not understand art that when something’s obvious they feel like they’re missing something…It’s a big eyeball.”

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

You can look out for this large eyeball sculpture in Dallas at the Joule Hotel. But you can also find a seven-foot tall smaller version of this eye at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri, installed in 2007.

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)
Chicago, Illinois in 2010

Tony Tasset’s Eye

Address: Joule Hotel sculpture garden, 1601 Main St, Dallas, TX
Hours: Private property, always visible from the street
Cost: Free to see from the street, event prices vary


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Tony Tasset’s Eye, a giant fiberglass eyeball at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas was originally erected in Chicago, Illinois and constructed by FAST Fiberglass in Wisconsin.
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Tony Tasset’s Eye, a giant fiberglass eyeball at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas was originally erected in Chicago, Illinois and constructed by FAST Fiberglass in Wisconsin.

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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