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THE MIND'S EYE

By LAUNA

ATTENTION: Donations up to $10,000 will be matched via generous donors within The Xanadu Collective and IBA. All donations are tax deductible. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRING THE MINDS EYE TO LIFE. Please click on the link below, click on DONATE TO IBA, and at check-out NOTE THAT THE DONATION IS FOR THE MIND'S EYE. 

The Mind’s Eye is a 22+ foot tall surrealist sculpture made of painted, hand formed steel. The artwork aims to take the absurdity we have collectively been through, and reimagine it colorfully and playfully. It is meant to spark wonder and a kind of childlike joy in the eye of its beholder. And it is a monument to overcoming adversity with imagination, humor, and persistence. As the artist builds this sculpture by hand, its philosophy is tested - each piece is hand hammered and formed, and slowly during a time of great upheaval in the world, the sculpture attempts to be realized despite everything. 

Awarded an Honoraria grant in 2020/2021 and 2022, The Mind's Eye is currently being built by the artist, and will be showing in August 2022. Potential venues for long term placement are being explored  domestically and internationally. 

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Launa and her crew are using hand forming techniques to create a smooth, curved steel aesthetic. This meticulous process is currently about half way done, and has taken 5 months to create so far. The base of the sculpture is built with structural steel, while the outside is skinned with formed steel panels – hammered in hand made wooden molds carved by Launa, and smoothed out with traditional automotive techniques. The finish of the sculpture will be a smooth, bright and colorful palette. Inspiration for the finished look includes large scale art by: Jeff Koons, Salvador Dali, Kaws, and Niki De Saint Phalle.

 

Launa lives in Chinatown in New York City, but relocated temporarily to Tonasket Washington to build alongside Honoraria artist Quill Hyde in the summer of 2021. In April 2022, Launa began the second half of the build in Boise Idaho, with The Xanadu Collective. Collaboration between New York, Washington and Idaho artist communities are helping to bring this anticipated sculpture to life making this a unique project involving people from diverse communities across the country. 

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CREW LIST (1st Phase / Tonasket Washington)

Artist/Fabricator: Launa Eddy

Engineer / Fabrication Lead: Quill Hyde

Structural Build Lead: Victor Valencia 

Shop Assist: Bodee Rose, Steven Spencer, James Devlin, Brent Kitchen, Jehangir Madon

                         

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Launa Eddy is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her work is playfully surrealistic, figurative and animalistic - influenced by her wild upbringing among lobstermen, timber wolves, and her studies in anthropology. Launa uses art as a vessel of communication to unlock subconscious thought and feeling. Using playful visuals as an abstractive tool to convey complex emotions, the Launa amplifies these emotions by transforming them through the unadulterated lens of the inner child.