Salvador Dali Sundial

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Salvador Dali Sundial

Perhaps you have visited the only permanent exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish artist; Salvador Dali at Espace Dali on the hill of Montmartre.

Or have snapped a photo of this monumental piece of Dali entitled Chuuut! (ssshh) by Parisian street artist Jeff Aerosol with his signature arrow sitting beneath Dali’s right eye, located between the Saint Merry Church and the Pompidou Centre of Modern Art.

However, three years prior to Dali designing the familiar logo that adorns the wrapper of the popular Spanish loli-pop, Chupa Chump, he created a sundial.

I am always banging on about ‘don’t forget to look up’ and this is another good reason why.

Located  behind Paroisse de Saint-Séverin, (pictured here) on the Rue Saint-Jacques and not far from the Notre Dame is where you will find this small wonder but you will need to look up!

Installed in 1966 to much fanfare which included a brass band, surrealist artisit, Salvador Dali unveiled his concrete sculpture, a sun-dial which is still fixed to the side of a building on Rue Saint-Jacques.

There are a few theories why Salvador Dali gifted this sundial to the city of Paris.

One such theory is, given Dali was Spanish and Rue Saint-Jacques was the original main route for Pilgrims to begin their journey from Paris to Santiago de Compostela.

To back up this theory, the face of the dial is in the shape of a scallop shell or in French, Coquille Saint-Jacques. 

Pilgrims would wear a scallop shell to show they were taking the long pilgrimage. Above the piercing blue eyes, you can see the heat rising above the brows, indicating the arduous journey ahead.

Another story that floats around is that Dali’s friends owned a business below where the sundial is located and he wanted to show them his appreciation by way of this as a gift.

It is in remarkable condition given how long it has been here but a pity that it doesn’t work. 

To the left of Dali’s signature some say that the curly detail represents Dali himself and his handlebar moustache.

Quirky but cute and it is free to visit. There are many special treats to be discovered in Paris … you just need to know where to find them.

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Paris Adéle’s Information Necessaire :

Salvador Dali Sun-Dial
27 Rue Saint-Jacques
Paris, 75005

Nearest Metros: Cluny – La Sorbonne & Saint Michel – Notre Dame


Espace Dali Museum Montmartre: Official Website

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