Steel Eye

Submitted by Allison Armour

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Client: University of South Florida

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Artist

Allison Armour

Allison Armour Art

Industry Resource

Bob Kaplan

California Quality Plastics

Industry Resource

Katrina Pesl

Allison Armour Art

Overview

All 316 grade polished stainless steel. 6 feet tall.

Goals

In collaboration with the university, the goal of this project was to create a sculpture that would be engaging and interactive. The location of the commission was in a highly popular student center, and the university wanted a sculpture that would create dialogue and contemplation, that would serve to transform the environment not just aesthetically, but introspectively as well.

Process

The collaboration process was very pleasant and honest. Both the university and I shared the same goals, and went my initial design was proposed, we all were able to have honest and open conversations with each other.

Additional Information

The year after it was installed, University of South Florida started a graduate level course on how my sculpture affected and completely changed the social interaction on campus. It was quite humbling and special to see the incredible impact the Steel Eye had on the university.