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Dali's Kings

   by Ellisha Marongelli for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Elephants

Inspiration Artist: Salvador Dali

The steel wire was used to create a skeleton frame for the elephants. The bodies of the elephants were hand sculpted from the Chavant clay on top of the wire frames. Strands of the kit rope were added to recreate the hanging strands from the original painting. The blankets on the backs of the elephants were cut from the canvas cloth and and detailed in ink.

I punched holes in the oak plywood panels and threaded the wire skeleton from the elephants' feet through the remainder of the canvas cloth and then through the plywood panels for structural support. The remaining wood panels were glued to the sides and undersides of the canvas cloth to form a solid base. The small mountains on the back panels were sculpted from the Chavant clay and glued to the wood panels.

The canvas cloth was painted in red and black acrylic paint to resemble a chess board, and the rest of the base was painted in red and black. To photograph the final piece, I stacked the assorted hardwood blocks in front of my backdrop to add height to the piece.

I was inspired by Dali's painting because the elephants look like two imposing figures facing off each other. This reminded me of two kings faced in a draw on a chess board; I added small crosses to the tops of the obelisks on the elephants' backs to allude to king chess pieces.

I was inspired by Dali's painting because the elephants look like two imposing figures facing off each other. This reminded me of two kings faced in a draw on a chess board; I added small crosses to the tops of the obelisks on the elephants' backs to allude to king chess pieces.

 


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