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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.
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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.
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The Vertigo Distorted Wall Clock has a shape I've seen for sale in several places.

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The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida sells this wall clock inspired by Dali's 1954 painting The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, a "sequel" to his earlier work.
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Digital Dali takes the idea of the melting clock into the digital age! This clock by Normal Design can rest of the edge of any horizontal surface.
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Talaria Enterprises sells several styles of Dali watches, with the artist's signature engraved on the back.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Dali named his masterpiece well. 76 years later, we all remember The Persistence of Memory.

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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A Secret Room Full of Michelangelo's Sketches Will Soon Open in Florence
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Parents all over the world have chastised their children for drawing on the walls. But when you're Michelangelo, you've got some leeway. According to The Local, the Medici Chapels, part of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy, has announced that it plans to open a largely unseen room full of the artist's sketches to the public by 2020.

Roughly 40 years ago, curators of the chapels at the Basilica di San Lorenzo had a very Dan Brown moment when they discovered a trap door in a wardrobe leading to an underground room that appeared to have works from Michelangelo covering its walls. The tiny retreat is thought to be a place where the artist hid out in 1530 after upsetting the Medicis—his patrons—by joining a revolt against their control of Florence. While in self-imposed exile for several months, he apparently spent his time drawing on whatever surfaces were available.

A drawing by Michelangelo under the Medici Chapels in Florence
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Museum officials previously believed the room and the charcoal drawings were too fragile to risk visitors, but have since had a change of heart, leading to their plan to renovate the building and create new attractions. While not all of the work is thought to be attributable to the famed artist, there's enough of it in the subterranean chamber—including drawings of Jesus and even recreations of portions of the Sistine Chapel—to make a trip worthwhile.

[h/t The Local]

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