Following the popularity of last summer’s Salvador Dalí public art installation in Vancouver, the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery is once again bringing a touch of surrealist flair to the city with not one, but two original sculptures by the renowned Spanish artist.
The first, Woman Aflame, a staggering 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture valued at $2.5-million, will be on display at Lot 19, the small park at West Hastings and Hornby Street where last year’s Dance of Time I stood. The second featured sculpture is Surrealist Piano, a grand work of art from 1954 depicting a woman reaching skywards atop a piano supported by the curves of three human legs. This piece will be at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, a five-minute stroll from Lot 19, as well as additional locations throughout the city to be announced in the coming weeks.
These two large-scale pieces form the bedrock of the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s fifth annual Definitely Dalí exhibition which features more than 100 additional works of art, all available for purchase. While viewing is free, public donations and a percentage of gallery sales will benefit Arts Umbrella, a non-profit visual and performing arts centre for youth.
The public unveiling of Woman Aflame takes place on May 5 at 2 p.m., but you can see the statue in all its blazing glory, along with the rest of the Surrealist master’s work, until September 1.
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