This Giant Eyeball Sculpture Arrives in Dallas Today, and Boy is it Freaky Lookin'

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The New York Times Magazine featured the art collection of Dallas' Joule Hotel in a recent June spread, calling the boutique lodging an "art destination to rival its neighbors in the nearby Arts District."

Bold words? Certainly. But Joule, it seems, isn't interested in going toe-to-toe with its neighbors. Instead, it's partnering with the Nasher for a new sculpture programming series.

Headington Companies, Timothy Headington's Dallas-based business that owns Joule, has acquired "Eye", a 30-foot-tall sculpture by contemporary artist Tony Tasset. The ocular oddity arrives today and will be installed across from The Joule in a temporary exhibition space at 1607 Main Street. The placement will take an estimated week and a half to complete. Programming to coordinate with "Eye" will be developed in collaboration with the Nasher.

Before waking up here, Tasset's sculpture was commissioned as part of the Chicago Loop Alliance's Art Loop program, a site-specific non-profit public art initiative in the city's downtown area. It's modeled (scale aside, natch) after the artist's own eyeball and serves to echo pop culture elements, feelings of surveillance, themes of knowledge and power and the shared experience of living.

It joins the hotel's thriving collection of contemporary works, most of which are housed inside Joule, like Dan Rees' "Shaker Peg Painting" 2013, Tony Cragg's "Outspan," 2008, Callum Innes' "Untitled," 1996, Andy Warhol's "Electric Chairs" 1971, and more.

Interestingly enough, while Joule's owner Timothy Headington is known primarily for his success in oil and natural gas, his background is entirely rooted in the arts. He holds an undergrad in art history from University of Oklahoma, has co-masters degrees in theology and psychology and holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recognition from Fuller Theological Seminary, his alma mater. Headington also dabbles in film as a partner in Graham King's production company, GK Films, which has funded and produced big name Oscar winners Argo, The Departed and many, many more.

Grab a massive bottle of Visine and go check out Tasset's giant eye during its installation. Act quickly and be the first to 'Gram it.

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27 comments
ChangingF8
ChangingF8

I'll keep an eye out for it, thanks!

markzero
markzero

Imagine if they hoisted it up on a crane and a hotel guest saw it out his or her window and freaked out.

Sarah O'Rear
Sarah O'Rear

Are we not taking bets as to how long it takes before it's covered in graffiti?

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

Dada.  Nothing.  An eyesore.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Illuminati at work folks!

I'm going home to make some adjustments to my tin foil hat.

John the Werewolf
John the Werewolf

Yes. We can use this. We need to make Dallas as weird as possible.

Fred Goodwin
Fred Goodwin

"Freaky"? Looks like a giant fake eyeball to me.

RWCook
RWCook

The eye of Texas is upon you
All the live long days
The eye of Texas is upon you
And you cannot get away

Do not think you can escape it
From night till early in the morn
The eye of Texas is upon you
Till Gabriel blows his art budget


Leslie Hurst
Leslie Hurst

Wonder if they're looking for Prisoner Zero.

Michael McKenzie
Michael McKenzie

public art for middle school boys....they will love this!

darrenhundt
darrenhundt

Whoa.  I swear I passed this on the highway yesterday as it was being hauled in pieces on a truck.  But it was headed north from Dallas.  Looked just like this.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@darrenhundtAlright, I just got this quote from The Joule's PR team: "The Eye arrived via truck in 16 separate pieces.  The artist, Tony Tasset, will work in collaboration with Fast Korp to assemble and Dallas Demolition handled the clearing of the site." So yeah, you probably saw the eye roll in. (MORE EYE PUNS!)

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@darrenhundt It probably was. Install is scheduled to take ten days, and sculpture of this size is usually shipped in pieces, then assembled post-transit. We'll look into it. (Oh, eye jokes!)

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@Danny Rodriguez In a temporary exhibition space at 1607 Main Street, across from The Joule.

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