Project Statement
This installation uses anamorphic illusion combined with geometric sculpture to encourage the audience to challenge their perspective by viewing it from different angles and interacting with it from different heights. From one specific viewing point, the markings on the elements align to create the visual of an eye. There are a multitude of opportunities for climbing, sitting, and going under the elements. The location of the installation, behind the Wallace Library and along the bike path, means that people will be viewing it from a variety of angles and speeds while walking or rolling past it. The point at which the illusion of an eye is fully visible is on the path, facing away from the academic buildings, and towards the path that eventually leads to the residential side of campus. The aligned visual sparks interest and draws them in to interact with the space further. This installation coaxes the audience into taking a step out of their day-to-day routine and view things from a different perspective.

Site Layout and Map

The installation site is an approximately 15'x34' raised concrete slab at a point along the path that leads to the RIT bike path. There is an ADA-compliant ramp up to the slab. On the opposite side of the path is a pillar that marks the installation. Similar pillars are situated at other sites designed for this project, connecting them thematically. The site is located behind the Wallace Library, near the bus stop.  
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Finishing Options
Precast Concrete is concrete poured into molds and cured in a controlled environment. This is more cost effective than poured-on-site concrete and allows for better quality control.
Steel Rebar or Steel Mesh can be added before casting to reinforce the concrete and provide structural stability.
Smooth Concrete
Smooth Concrete
Acid-Etched Concrete
Acid-Etched Concrete
Color Options
Integral Pigment is mixed into concrete before it is poured and provides
consistent color throughout the mixture. Because it is a part of the concrete
itself, this pigment is resistant to environmental damage. Integral pigment does
not require additional time or labor considerations, unlike stains and dyes.
Illusion Process
Projection: A projector will be used to cast the image of the eye onto the
concrete pieces after installation.
Tracing: paperboard will be taped to faces that have part of the eye on it. The
shapes will be traced from the projection.
Fabrication: The traced shapes will be scanned and laser cut from stainless steel
sheet, then applied to the concrete pieces using epoxy.
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