Salvador Dali's Dance of Time I. was conceived in 1979 and first cast in 1984. The bronze sculpture is 83 inches tall and weighs 860 pounds. This piece by Dali was made in the lost wax method technique and there were 8 editions plus 6 artist proofs.
Last weekend while visiting Vancouver I made it one of my goals of the weekend to go see this melting clock motif, the most iconic of Dali's images. The piece is located downtown at West Hastings and Hornby Street and will be on display until September. As a public piece many people pass it without even glancing towards it, however, that was not the case for me! The write up beside the piece explains to the viewer Salvador Dali as an artist and about this piece and how he was intrigued by time as a concept.
Salvador Dali was fascinated by time and it followed him throughout his life, making an appearance in numerous of his works. This melting clock motif seen here in Dance of Time I. is a representation of duality between time and timelessness. It takes the viewer into Dali's world, where imagination and time are limitless. The artist makes us confront the limitations that we force upon our perception of reality.
Whether you love or hate this piece or any of Dali's work for that matter, you simply cannot pass by indifferently.
"The famous soft watches are nothing else than the tender, extravagant, solitary, paranoic-critical camembert of time and space." - Salvador Dali