National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

The Optrex Eye


Type Sculpture

     Information from the sculptor via Festival Park: 'The human eye is one of our most familiar images. We communicate our emotions to each other by eye contact. The eye is the only real barrier in life - it is the division between our mind and our world. This eye is modelled from Michelangelo's David - a heroic eye. It is blown up to 45 times the size of a normal eye. The large scale gives a strangely unfamiliar image close up. The eyeball lies in a landscape of emotions raised on a hill like a castle. The sculpture invites the spectator to go behind the surface and look back through the pupil, as if he is entering the mind'
     The Optrex Eye was commissioned by Optrex. The sponsorship of the GFW visual arts programme by Optrex was recognised by an award under the Government's Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme, administered by the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts.
     A number of sculptures were commissioned for the Garden Festival of Wales in 1991/2 and some works remain on site.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Hood, Harvey Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
The Optrex Eye Ferro-cement 500cm x 430cm x 270cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Graffiti
Road A4046
Precise location On land surrounding Festival Park Factory Shopping Village
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO165076
Date of design 1992
Year of unveiling 1992
Unveiling details 1992
Commissioned by Optrex
Duty of care Festival Park
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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