Height: 13.8" (35 cm)
Technique: Lost wax process
Edition size: 350+35 EA
Year: Conceived in 1980
First Cast: 1980
References: Descharnes, Dali: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. Pg. 122 ref. 299
Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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Dali honours and commends Newton for his discovery of the law of gravity, symbolized by the famed falling apple, represented here by a sphere of metal attached to a line. In this form, the apple loses both its impermanence and its capacity for regeneration. Dali implies that the living being, Sir Isaac Newton, has become a mere name in science, completely stripped of his personality and individuality. To represent this transformation, Dali has pierced the figure with two large holes: one which portrays the absence of Newton's vital organs, while the other clearly displays the lack of mind. What remains is only symbolic representation. The artist was so enamoured with this image that when the King of Spain dedicated a large plaza in Madrid to him in May of 1986, Dali created a large monument of Newton for the plaza.