When we visited the Salvador Dalí Sundial, we were questioning why does such thing exist. Why would one of the most important artists of the last century give a sundial to Paris and why is it located in such an odd place? We managed to find some theories online, and one of them tells that a friend of Salvador Dali had a friend that owned a business below where the sundial can be found. The sundial was a way of him showing his appreciation.
Another theory is related to the street where the sundial can be found. The road used to be the original route for pilgrims going from Paris to Santiago de Compostela. This is why the sundial has the scallop-shaped face that is the same that is used as a symbol of the pilgrimage of St. Jacques de Compostella. Pilgrims would wear a scallop shell as a way of showing they were making the pilgrimage and the heat rising above the brows are indications of the hard journey ahead.
Too bad the sundial doesn’t work and we don’t see to find a reason why it happened. Maybe the buildings around it blocked the sun and now it’s just a piece of art hanging on a wall. Something from Salvador Dali on the streets of Paris.
Salvador Dalí Sundial
Salvador Dalí Sundial in Paris
27 Rue Saint-Jacques
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