I’m sure you’ve all heard of Salvador Dali, and if you haven’t here’s a bit of culture for you! He was part of an art movement that began in the early 1920s called Surrealism. What made the Surrealist movement so different and new age was the fact that the works being produced had such different agenda’s, they were full of juxtaposition and surprising imagery, trying to create new demands on reality.
From the 1930s onwards it was used as a message trying to show people how the world was moving in to a bad place, the piece shown above named ‘Three sphinx of Bikini’ was made after the United States conducted 23 nuclear tests at the Micronesian atoll, Bikini. The tests caused the radioactive contamination of the entire system of islands. The roughly two hundred Micronesians who inhabited the islands were relocated by the US before the tests, but there homes were destroyed.
At this point I can imagine you thinking how on earth does this painting reflect nuclear testing?! Well I’m glad you asked.. it’s not so much the idea that it directly looks like a bomb test. The two smoked heads surrounding the tree figure is a metaphor, they show how our destruction will result in nothing good for our environment and our human race, more importantly how we bringing this upon ourselves.