Dec 1, 2007
Elephants and Melting Clocks
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
Salvador Dalí (1954)
This is my favorite painting from my favorite artist. It's a follow-up to his 1931 work, The Persistence Of Memory, and it shows the original landscape after it has been flooded. It is said to represent the potential of humanity to bring on our own destruction. I think it's fascinating to compare these two works: one that was created between the World Wars in the same year that the Empire State Building first opened, and one that was created after World War II, during the atomic age.
I ordered a shirt of this panting from a seller in Thailand a couple months ago, and the stamp on the package had a cute family of elephants on it. It cost 253 Baht to ship this shirt from Thailand to Pennsylvania, which converts to nearly $8 American dollars.