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Space Venus
Venus, the goddess of beauty and the core representational form in this classical marble statue, is depicted by a female torso as well as four additional Dalinian elements: a soft watch, an egg, two ants and the separation of the body into two parts. The watch is draped over the neck, signifying that beauty of the flesh is temporary and will vanish, as opposed to the beauty of art, which is timeless and eternal. The ants are reminders of human mortality and impermanence. The split torso represents the fragility of beauty and the future. The egg, like the ant, is a favourite Dalinian symbol, given the duality of its hard exterior and soft interior, and represents both hope and life.
Title: Space Venus
Technique: lost wax process
Material: bronze
Height: 65 cm
Patina: green
Edition size: 350 + 35 EA
Foundry: Perseo, Mendrisio, Switzerland
Year: conceived in 1977
First Cast: 1984
Maquette: 'Space Venus', gouache, 1977
Dali: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects. Eccart, 2004. Pg. 239 ref. 616
The sculpture collection
Adam & Eve
Alice in Wonderland
Dalinian Dancer
Dance of Time I
Dance of Time II
Dance of Time III
Homage to Fashion
Homage to Newton
Homage to Terpsichore
Horse Saddled with Time
Lady Godiva with Butterflies
Man with Butterflies
Nobility of Time
Persistence of Memory
Profile of Time
Saint George and the Dragon
Snail and the Angel
Space Elephant
Space Venus
Surrealist Newton
Surrealist Piano
Surrealist Warrior
Triumphant Angel
Triumphant Elephant
Vision of the Angel
Woman Aflame
Woman of Time