First let me tell you a small detail about this painting. After half a million people exclaimed to me at my shows, ” You must be a big Dali fan!”, I decided to visit the Dali Museum while I was working on this painting. It was there I learned that he often hides a fly in his paintings… so I decided to include a fly in this painting. It is on the robot on the right.
This is painting #18 and the number 18 is hidden in two places just to make it harder on the viewer to find.
On this painting, I decided to go a little further than I have on some of the previous paintings and made it interactive. The goal is to help kids hone their deductive reasoning skills when viewing art. The idea is to get kids (and adults for that matter) involved in selecting what crimes the robots in the line up might be guilty of. They may choose from a handful of misdemeanor style crimes such as skateboarding, graffiti, loitering, panhandling, smoking, public nuisance, etc (which I have mounted to foam core with velcro backing), and attach them to the wall beneath the particular robot they think might be guilty of that crime. There is an additional complimentary painting that goes with this one that is 24X24 in size with the same white-ish background with height stripes on it and a faint shadow of a person standing there. I call it “This could be you”. This panel butts up against the larger painting and is purposely left devoid of any robot so the kids (or adults) can stand in front of that one and have their picture taken holding a crime that might want to confess to, such as wasting time, whining, etc. Truth is… adults use this interactive painting far more than the kids do and immediately post it to their FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram accounts with the same enthusiasm the kids have when they interact with it. Go figure…
If you have to know… Robot #1 is guilty of loitering due to the fact that his batteries are dead. He has also been begging as you can tell by the cardboard sign he is holding. Robot #2 is guilty of polluting and/or smoking in public places. His name bears the name Peabody, as in Peabody Electric, because they are well known for the amount of pollution they cause the environment. In fact, they are one of the most fined companies in all of the world for pollution violations. Robot #3 is the devilish skateboarder and graffiti artist that plagues shopping malls and city sidewalks around the globe.
Anyway, the companion painting I mentioned earlier comes with the original painting as part of the deal. At this time, I have no intention of making giclees of the companion painting so you will not see it offered with the life size 24″ X 48″ giclee. I can be sweet-talked though, so if you want one to go with your full size giclee, give me a call and we’ll work something out.
So where are the hidden numbers? The first one is indicated by the positions of the hands on the clock; the 1 and the 8. The second number 18 is a little harder, but a lot bigger. It is made up of the stickers on the third robot’s chest. The 1 is the OBEY sticker, and the 8 is made up of the Element sticker and the Almost sticker.
09.07.17 – The original painting and the companion piece are no longer available.