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In his book entitled Esculturas Sculpture A Reynolds Morse identifies two distinct categories in the sculptures of Salvador Dali The first is defined as the only genuine group of Dalis original sculpturesMorse Esculturas Sculpture p 16 This group of forty-three wax sculptures made between 1971 and 1981 are known today as the Clot Collection The originality of these works lies in the fact that both the idea and its execution truly bore the hands of the artist By contrast Morse refers to the second category of sculptures as objects representative of Dalis ideas ibid These objects are typically assemblages or transformations of existing objects into Dalis surrealist experiments He began creating these works in the early 1930s and by the end of the 1960s they came to both represent and attract a mass commercial market Michelin Slave is an object that falls under this second more commercial category and was therefore created prior to 1971 An understanding of the evolution of Michelin tires helps to further narrow the time period within which the work was conceived Between 1950 and 1970 Michelin marketed the radial tire marking a real technological revolution It would gradually take over all types of vehicles and all markets and give Michelin a decisive advantage over its competitors Michelin Perhaps inspired by its radical innovation Dali envisioned the combination of this highly commercial product with Michelangelos Dying Slave 1513-15416 see fig1 The result is a three dimensional representation of a Dalinian concept known as the Michelin Slave Michelin Slave shows a juxtaposition of modern innovation with classical tradition and illustrates but one of the many contrasts which are so striking about this work While the main figure is one of classical perfection the smaller figure at his feet is highly abstract Its face is animalistic resembling that of a monkey The original work by Michelangelo reflects the subtractive process of carving where the figure is seemingly born out of a
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