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Salvador Dali carving wanted by Okinawa

Date Posted: 2008-09-26

A carving created 33 years ago by renowned artist Salvador Dali for the Okinawa International Ocean Exposition is being eyed by Okinawans who want it brought back to the island.

“Sun God Rising in Okinawa” was carved by Dali, and is now on display at the Urasoe City Museum. It’s normal home is with Count Kiros, a direct descendant of the Spanish royal throne. Dali, who died in 1989, was asked to carve the special piece for the exposition, choosing to integrate his knowledge of World War II and the Battle of Okinawa.

He designed a mermaid inside the piece, symbolic of the sun. Waves reflect the minds of the Okinawan people, and coral signifies its origins in Okinawa, and also expresses the sun’s flames, mermaids making wishes for a peaceful Okinawa so the mermaid can ascend to heaven. The mermaid’s face is sad in appearance, but reflects giving healing and a gracious face to Okinawa.

“Sun God Rising in Okinawa” is being sought by several groups of Okinawans who want the carving to remain here. They’ve appealed to both the Okinawa Prefecture government and Urasoe City Museum to buy the carving, which Count Kiros is willing to sell. Both says there’s no money or budget for a purchase, leading the groups to look for patrons willing to invest in the carving.

The carving is on display until the end of September at Urasoe City Museum. Admission is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for those under 18. The Urasoe City Museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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