Thursday, 24 November 2011

Optrex Eye

Building the metal framework for the Eye.

Painting the Pupil.

Optrex Eye commissioned for Ebbw Vale Garden Festival. 1992
Material - Ferro-cement
5m x 4.3m x 2.7m
The human eye is one of our most familiar images. We communicate our emotions to each other by eye contact. The eye is the only real barrier in life - it is the division between our mind and the world. The eye is modelled from Michelangelo's David - a heroic eye. It has been blown up to 45 times the size of a normal eye. The large scale of the eye makes it look strangely unfamiliar close up. The sculpture invites the spectator to go behind the surface and look out through the pupil.