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Elephant Spatial was cast in bronze in 1980. The same elephant with huge spindly legs, also bearing a pyramid on its back, can be seen in the background of the 1944 painting entitled
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee. These elephants also featured heavily in the
The Temptation of St. Anthony, where several of them advance upon the cowering figure of St. Anthony, who appears in the foreground holding
up a crucifix. The Temptation of St. Anthony would seem to indicate that these distorted elephants are to be interpreted as ungodly, or evil symbols; in fact Dali saw them as
existing in a mystical nether-region, halfway to the heavens but still attached to the earth.
Elephant Spatial has a green patina to make the bronze appear aged. The bronze on the tusk has been highly polished for emphasis. The base is made of marble and the pyramid on the top is made from plexiglas.