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Artful Conception #6: Gigantic Floating Eyes (Part One)

Giant Eyeballs

Question: How do you know when you've got too much leisure time?
Answer: When you're making collages of giant eyeballs.

Well, it had to be posted sooner or later. I spend a lot of time looking through old books, magazines, movie posters, etc. and I start to notice patterns within our collections of print media of years past.  One theme I notice over and over again is the "eye in the sky".  The imagery goes back to pre-history, it was an Egyptian symbol, a facet of the Hindu religion, and a major part of the symbology of the Freemasons.  Our Founding Fathers were all a bunch of Freemasons, so the big-ass eye wound up on our currency.

I think the most recognizable use of the disembodied floating eye theme is on the dust jacket for the original The Great Gatsby. But, of course, the giant floating eye found its natural home in the artwork of genre fiction, most prominently in science fiction.

So, if you like the collection at the top of this post, check out a couple more I've put together. And let me just close by saying that "The Eye in the Sky" by Alan Parsons Project has been stuck in my head ever since I started on this.  Please, dear God, make it stop.


Giant Eyeballs


Giant Eyeballs

7 comments:

  1. The video game Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time (which came out around 1999) has a section where you're with Marvin the Martian and you must use logic to defeat a giant floating eyeball. I always wondered why that was there- given that the original cartoons were around in the 60s, it could only be attributed to the sci-fi themes of the time I guess.

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  2. The Headless Eyes looks awesome.

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  3. You're insight is amazing. You should work at a University.

    RetroHound.com

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  4. The cover of the 1970's novelization of the TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie had a skull on it with eyeballs in it; there were a lot of horror novels back then with eyeballs in skulls...didn't see any in your collage...

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  5. I think my favorite title is "The Headless Eyes". That's a scarier concept then "The Eyeless Heads".

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  6. Well, I almost included the Tales from the Crypt image, but figured it was less a floating eyeball than it was a floating head/skull.

    Perhaps floating skulls would be a good Vintage Theme to tackle next.

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