Williamstown, Massachusetts: "Eyes" On The Campus Lawn

Disembodied, heavy-lidded eyeballs stare from the lawns of a college campus. At night, their irises glow blue.

Williams College Museum of Art

Address:
849 Main St., Williamstown, MA
Directions:
Williams College Museum of Art. Downtown, on the south side of Hwy 2/Main St., around a half-mile east of US Hwy 7.
Phone:
413-597-2429
Admission:
Free.
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The Eyes.

Eyes on Lawn

You can still access the eyes in the snow (winter), but you have to search for any parts other than the main "eye" cluster. College kids don't care when families run all around them either.

[Donna, 02/24/2014]

The giant eyeballs with the blue irises have been entertaining visitors since 2001.

Eyes sculptures.

"Eyes" Art Installation

The "Eyes" art installation in Williamstown is the work of Louise Bourgeois and was installed in 2001 when she was 90 years old. As of 2009, Bourgeois is still alive and still creating work, like those really scary giant spiders (there's one outside the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO, and I saw one outside the Hirshhorn in DC last April.)

[Dean Jeffrey, 08/31/2009]

Eyes sculpture.

"Eyes" Art Installation

In 2001, a sculptor was commissioned for an artwork commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Williams College Museum of Art. The resulting work, "Eyes," has become one of my favorite oddities. Disembodied, heavy-lidded eyeballs stare from the lawns of the college campus; the best time to visit is at night, as the eyes glow with an electric blue light. If you happen to be visiting Western MA, stop by and see the Eyes!

[Amy Renaud-Mutart, 01/31/2003]

Photo added Aug. 2009.


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