Monday, October 26, 2009

Salvador Dali Gold Exhibit

An exhibition of gold items created by Salvador Dali is going on display at Espace Dali in Paris.  Art Daily reports that the pieces will include gold sculptures embedded with precious stones,  including Dali’s iconic Dance of time piece.

Dali designed a number of jewelry pieces throughout his career.  He would design then in great detail and personally select the materials and gems to be used.  The actual pieces were handmade by a professional goldsmith with whom Dali collaborated.

Here is a video of the Dali's famous Royal Heart at the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation.  It contains 46 rubies, 42 diamonds and 4 emeralds.  The heart actually beats.  Very cool:

According to Dalí, “Without an audience, without the presence of spectators, these jewels would not achieve the function for which they were created. The viewer is thus the final artist. His look, heart and mind – with greater or lesser ability to understand the creator’s intention – imbue the jewels with life.”

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