Eye Benches III
American (born French); born 1911, Paris; died 2010, New York
Louise Bourgeois' functional Eye Benches I, II, III resemble giant observant eyes. The three sets of two benches, carved out of granite by Italian stonemasons, are distinguished from one another by variations in scale, form, and detailing, and by the size of the attached seats. The enlargement and displacement of the eye recall the perspectives of Surrealism, a source for these images. Visitors encounter the disembodied eyes, which seem to follow their every movement, and later discover that the enigmatic sculptural objects provide comfortable outdoor seating.
Black Zimbabwe granite, 51 x 96 x 54 15/16 in. (129.5 x 243.8 x 139.6cm), Gift of the artist, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2005.115.1, © Louise Bourgeois