Dallas eye sculpture downtown

The giant Eye sculpture watches over no one in downtown Dallas.

Photograph by Jeff Wilson

In 1979, when I graduated from college and came to Dallas, the city was basically known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and the television show Dallas. It was a city full of banks and corporations. Men wore ostrich-skin cowboy boots with their Brooks Brothers suits. Women teased their hair and went to lunch dressed in shiny Chanel suits. “Dallas,” sneered outsiders. “Big D. So boring.”

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