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Height: 21" (53 cm)
Technique: Lost wax process
Edition size: 350+35 EA
Year: Conceived in 1975
First Cast: 1984
References: Descharnes, Dali: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. Pg. 252 ref. 651
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The elephant, Dalí's iconoclastic symbol of the future and one of his favourite images, is often depicted atop mosquito-like legs, emphasising the contrast between robustness and fragility, much like the contrast the artist seeks to make evident in this sculpture, between the past and modernity. The animal's jewelled saddle symbolises wealth, and the dawn of a new era is announced by a flying angel, trumpeting success and prosperity. Dalí's elephant exemplifies every individual's hope for abundance and good fortune in the future.