When you mention Salvador Dali, the most common image people see is The Persistence of Memory, or "the melting clock painting," as it's often known. Dali painted it in 1931. When I was a kid, I thought that was the coolest painting ever! And I wanted a melting clock. Of course, I'm not the only one to think that. I wrote a post on a melting clock for sale at Neatorama last week, and got several people responding that they know someone else who makes those. So I went to find out how many different versions of melting clocks are avilable for sale on the internet.
Cincinnati artist Hilary Wiezbenski sells these melting wall clocks in several shapes and many colors, and you can have your clock embellished with an ant or fly if you like.
More Dali clocks, after the jump.
Even the hands are twisted in this Salvador Dali Clock, but they are longer than normal to make it easy to read anyway.
The Vertigo Distorted Wall Clock has a shape I've seen for sale in several places.
Talaria Enterprises sells several styles of Dali watches, with the artist's signature engraved on the back.
The Cartier Crash Watch was first introduced in 1967, and released as a limited edition in 1991. It looks like a Dali inspiration, but the story on Cartier's website is even more interesting. It's patterned after a watch that had been distorted in a car crash!
The Dali Clock widget can be downloaded free for your computer desktop. It's not distorted, but the digits melt as they change into new digits, and the colors change, too! You can also get a Dali Clock screensaver, which keeps the time in an artistic manner as it saves your screen.
If you'd rather make your own melting clock, you can do just that with an old vinyl album and step-by-step directions from Instructables. Now that music is played from CDs and MP3s, you don't have to settle for an album you hate, either. Go ahead and use one that shows your personality!
Dali named his masterpiece well. 76 years later, we all remember The Persistence of Memory.