Salvador Dali’s Civil War Memory

Yesterday Mike Gorman left a comment in response to my post on Monument Avenue, which alluded to a a proposal for a monument to Sally Tompkins by Salvador Dali. I don’t know much about this so I did a little searching and found a sketch of the proposed monument as well as an interesting article.  Based on the allegory of St. George slaying the dragon, Dali proposed a full-bodied Sallie Tompkins standing in a petri dish — balanced atop a giant finger — taking a swing at a beast symbolizing disease.  Apparently this sketch was published in the local newspaper and met with almost universal disapproval.  I think it’s amazing.  Enjoy.

Dali Sketch of Sally Tompkins - 1966

 

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4 thoughts on “Salvador Dali’s Civil War Memory

  1. john hennessy

    If ever there was a mismatch, Dali and Virginians of the 40s, 50s, and 60s would be it. He spent about a year at Hampton Manor in Caroline County–as the Life Magazine spread vividly shows. A local reporter understated that the locals were “bewildered and fascinated” by his presence.

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    1. Kevin Levin Post author

      Hi John,

      Dali sent one of his representatives to scout out possible sites and apparently he showed up with two spotted ocelots on leashes.

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