Intra-Uterine Paradesiac Locomotion
Salvador Dali ( Spanish, 1904 - 1989 )
"This automobile we carry in a small valise. We blow it up. It is inflatable with helium. There is a double wall; inside is helium. There is also a mechanism to make it rotate on an axis. This axis contains the little motor and also the place to sit down. So we inflate our car which is a double spherical wall and being soft there are no traffic accidents. It is as if you were inside a protoplasm, in a living cell. We can also graduate its' [sic] elasticity and deflate it when it is not in use. The precursor to this car is the Dalínian velocipede which was patented as long ago as 1950 and which is sort of a rigid plastic. But plastic breaks; now this is going to be a soft, double-walled ester, with the wall filled with the lightest element, which is helium gas." Compact and comfortable as the womb, Dalí's car speeds toward an opening in the horizon, where a domed cathedral floats in the distance. The inventor figure, dressed as a Spanish nobleman, gestures to his organically inspired vehicle. Though Dalí searched during this period for a mystic connection to the Divine, his interest in Christianity was neither dogmatic nor didactic; rather, he uses religious symbols to communicate a sense of reverence for scientific progress. The cathedral's presence reinforces Dalí's connection to Renaissance artists, men whose ideas included both religious and secular themes.