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Oculus

Oculus, 2020
stainless steel, concrete
18′ x 12′ x 4′ (plaza dimension: 28 foot diameter)
Permanent installation: Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Oculus is sited in a courtyard outside of the Health Education Building on the Kansas University Medical Center Campus. It references the physiology of the human eye, specifically, the rods and cones of the retina. The circular plaza upon which is rests completes the eyeball reference, including a stained ‘lens’ section at the plaza entrance. The sculpture is oriented due west, aligning the setting sun with the stainless steel tubes on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox.

Oculus is a meditation on seeing, both the physical nature of sight, but also what it means to be ‘seen’ in the context of modern medicine.

Engineering:
Structural Design Consulting, Wimberly, TX

Fabrication:
River City Industries, San Antonio, TX
Lodder Concrete, Kansas City, MO
San Antonio Powder Coating, San Antonio, TX

Collection of the Kansas University Medical Center
Commissioned by the KU Endowment with support from the George & Annette Murphy Fund