All Eyes Upon Collage

Oculi Omnium (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Oculi Omnium (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

The original inspiration for this piece was the symbol called the “Eye of Providence”: a single eye set within the apex of a triangle, serving as a reminder of the all-seeing eye of God.

The symbol has recurred in many religious paintings in Europe during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its most famous contemporary use is as part of the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, which is featured on the rear of the American one-dollar bill.

The Eye of Providence is thought to have come originally from the Eye of Horus (a sky deity in the form of a falcon) in ancient Egyptian theology.

In the artwork shown here, the multiplicity of eyes depicted suggested the title Oculi Omnium (The Eyes of All). The meaning of the picture is left to each viewer.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

{ 16 comments }

  • Sukhmandir Kaur August 20, 2013, 6:56 pm

    I’m just glad you didn’t ask us how many triangles :) EYE lost count at about 40!

    Reply
    • Eric Edelman August 20, 2013, 8:09 pm

      Originally it was made from only twenty-eight triangles. Thanks for your comment!

      Reply
  • Mary Denman August 20, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Well, the “eyes” have it! Couldn’t resist……

    Interesting how many triangles are in there. The longer you look, the more subtle patterns stand out.

    Reply
    • Eric Edelman August 20, 2013, 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Mary! ;) Yes they do. I started with twenty-eight, but didn’t reckon on getting more than that…

      Reply
  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly August 21, 2013, 4:17 am

    Thanks for always making us think a bit, I kept it simple this week, a Pretty Rainbow in New York: http://www.ascendingbutterfly.com/2013/08/wordless-wednesday-was-i-somewhere-over.html

    Reply
  • Kay M. August 21, 2013, 10:32 am

    Very unique! I’m going to show it to my boys and tell them it is a ‘mom’ hotline replica. This is how it should be between adults. It ‘takes a village’ you know!

    Reply
  • Tomas Karkalas August 21, 2013, 10:42 am

    You ended with saying the meaning of the picture was left to each viewer. So I will start with what was received by me – Thank you. Thank you for the sharing the evidence of our never being alone. The experience -the living the symbol have changed a dream to the reality I am facing now.

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    • Eric Edelman August 21, 2013, 3:03 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, Tomas! I’m very glad this image and its symbol resonated with you.

      Reply
  • paula schuck August 21, 2013, 11:11 am

    Hello! Very interesting and peculiar picture. Have a great day!

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    • Eric Edelman August 21, 2013, 3:04 pm

      Thanks very much Paula—have a wonderful day!

      Reply
  • Amy B August 21, 2013, 12:37 pm

    A little painful on my eyes after a few minutes, but very interesting! Thanks for hosting :)
    http://thebreezymama.com/wordless-wednesday-82113/

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    • Eric Edelman August 21, 2013, 3:08 pm

      My apologies, Amy! I forgot that adjacent complementary colors often cause unpleasant visual vibrations. Thanks for your comment. :D

      Reply
  • Julie@Momspective August 21, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Beautiful colors!

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    • Eric Edelman August 21, 2013, 3:09 pm

      Thanks very much, Julie—have a wonderful WW and week!

      Reply

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