Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Eye on Mrak

This is one of the seven Eggheads created by Robert Arneson in his The Egghead Series. The pieces were finished shortly before his death in 1992. All of the Eggheads are placed on the campus of UC Davis, where Arneson had taught. I choose this one because it seemed interesting and playful. The head looks to be laughing almost, with the way the forehead and eyes are squinting. I find it interesting that the there is an eye in the center of the back of the head. After doing more research, I found that the eye was placed to face the Chancellor’s office but since the Chancellor’s office has been moved. Some believe it was mean to sent the message to the Chancellor that the students are watching. I also found it interesting that Robert Arneson specifically asked the University to allow students to be able to closely interact in a playful manner with the sculptures. Due to this students have done several variations on the sculpture itself.

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