“Open Eyes” Sculpture

In August, 2011, the 18 foot tall stainless steel and colored glass sculpture “Open Eyes” was installed outside the new building which houses the Department of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University Medical Center, where I was working.  The sculptor, Don Gummer, is an Indianapolis native who attended the Herron School of Art at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

I found this sculpture to be fascinating, since its form seems to change as it is viewed from different angles.  The colored glass, representing the color in the iris, is a challenge to capture.  In the first photos you could barely make out where the glass was.  Then I was able to make it stand out more, but it all appeared to be black.  Finally, working with contrast and exposure, I was able to get the colors to appear.

I shared some of the photos with Rich Schreiner, MD.   He knew Barry Cantor, MD, the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, and shared them with him.  The Department began to use them on their website and in their publications.

Over 500 more photos here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Avb9bFhezZpPg51In9ziqsMrxhgLtA


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