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Height: 19.3" (49 cm)
Technique: Lost wax process
Edition size: 350+35 EA
Year: Conceived in 1977
First Cast: 1984
References: Descharnes, Dali: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. Pg. 242 ref. 622
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This sculpture was born of Dalí's respect for Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of the law of gravity, represented by the famed falling apple. Dalí has pierced the figure with two large spaces: one which portrays the absence of Newton's unique physical body, while the other space clearly displays the lack of the most characteristic elements of an individual: face and mind. Dalí implies that the living being, Newton himself, has become a mere symbol, stripped of his individuality, as his incredible and revolutionary laws of motion obscure all personal details relative to the great scientist. These incredible contributions to science are Newton's legacy.
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."