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Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Paul, sculpture parks, Tony Tasset


Artist Tony Tasset’s towering depiction of iconic woodsman Paul Bunyan made its debut in 2006 at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP) at Governors State University. “Paul” is one of 26 pieces, many by masters of contemporary sculpture, in NMSP’s permanent collection.

Since its unveiling this summer, Tasset’s “Eye” has quickly become one of Chicago’s most talked-about pieces of public art. “Eye” is on display at Pritzker Park, State and Van Buren streets, though October. The Chicago Loop Alliance, the gargantuan eye’s sponsor, says it is likely to become a destination for persons who live or work in the Loop, or are visiting Chicago’s downtown area. Critics have already asked if it will be seen as an “eye-con” or eyesore.

Anyone who enjoys Tasset’s State Street sculpture should consider a trip to the NMSP to experience another of his larger-than-life figures, and the other masterworks in the park’s collection.