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Here is a behind-the-scenes look at Bec Conrad sharing the process of making “Wall of Eyes,” and “Eyes in the Rough”
It’s often difficult to convey the energy, hard work, and dedication that our participating artists and Fairgrounds St. Pete team put into creating the work you get to now enjoy!
Scroll on to see BTS images of making the “Wall of Eyes”!
“Wall of Eyes” is a 24’ lightbox installation activated by the presence of a viewer. The lightboxes feature silhouettes of glowing eyes belonging to six animal species who make their home in the Florida Everglades: the American alligator, Roseate spoonbill, tree snail, Florida panther, giant land crab and the opossum. When a viewer passes by, Wall of Eyes lights up, sending the visitor into a mystical, multicolored environment.
“Eyes in the Rough” is a set of three animatronic eyeballs that peek out at visitors from the tall cat grass lining the Everglades Arena. The eyes track movement through a motion-sensing camera hidden in each sculpture. As visitors walk by, they may feel like something is watching them… because it is!
Artist and engineer Bec Conrad holds a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She was a consulting technologist for Tellart LLC, who received the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Interaction Design. Bec designed and manufactured several robotic interactive elements of Toyota’s Concept-i, the highest fidelity prototype car ever created. Bec’s artwork examines kinetic expressions of robots and questions human relationships with technology. Bec has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally, including at Flux Factory, NY and the International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver.