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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
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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 the most recognizable and individual elements of the human body: face and 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.
In his novel, The Festival of Insignificance (2013), Milan Kundera formulates perfectly in words what Dali expresses through his sculpture of Isaac Newton:
"...dead become the old dead.... they vanish into the void; only a few of them, very, very rare ones, leave behind their names in people's memoirs but lacking any authentic witness now, any actual recollection, they become marionettes."