Monday, October 22, 2007

The Dali Statue

Singapore has a great public art collection, which can be seen in many parts of the Central Business District. This piece here is created by Salvador Dali and is called "Homage to Newton" (popularly called simply "The Dali Statue"). Bizzare as Dali's surrealist style looks, I find his work here quite interesting.

It is a homage to Isaac Newton & his pursuit of science. The plaque below the statue explains that the open torso is meant to depict Newton's open-heartedness & the open skull is meant to depict his open-mindedness; both important qualities for not just pursuit of science, but all human endevours.

9 comments:

Jin said...

I can just imagine the statue in Abu Dhabi...............bedecked in a flowing abaya!

Happy Reader said...

Hmm...Interesting!!

Parth said...

Agree, that indeed is interesting. At least the piece of work has a title. I get frustrated with modern art pieces that are 'untitled' and you are left to interpret in some fashion or the other.

Moi said...

phew, i could have never interpreted it that way....that guy was cool!!! i love his flamboyant signature even more than his works.....my fav. from his collection from sculptures has to be the lobster telephone or the molten clock on the tree....

suramya said...

I'm glad artists make an effort to explain their art, it makes it more interesting after you realise what they are trying to depict.

J said...

I love the color of the statue.

Radha said...

Jin,
I cant imagine either!!

Happy Reader, Parth, Suramya, J,
It is interesting isnt it?

Moi,
The molten clock one is 'Persistence of Memory'. its quite brilliant, I agree!

Keshi said...

I wanna go to Cambodia too awww!

Keshi.

Moi said...

good, i'll remember that's what it is called...thanks :)