Kew Gardens - Dali and Some Trees
17 May 2003
Outside the Palm House in the Rose Garden at Kew is this bronze sculpture "The
Profile of Time", inspired by
Salvador Dali's 1931
painting "The Persistence of Memory".
"As the watch melts over the tree, it transforms into a human profile,
underlining the interminable relationship between humanity and time. The
unexpected softness of the watch also represents the psychological aspect
whereby the speed of time, whilst precise in its scientific use, can vary
greatly in human perception."
A Bhutan pine
A Swamp Cypress, Taxodium distichum, from south-east USA.
A "tulip tree", Liriodendron tulipifera, from north-east USA
...and one of the "tulips"
A chestnut-leaved oak, Quercus castaneifolia, from Iran
This mature tree is one of many at Kew where ground improvements have been
carried out, including the injection of high-pressure nitrogen gas to fracture
the soil and allow air and water to penetrate. Mycorrhizal fungi are introduced
which form an association with tree roots and increase nutrient and moisture
...the chestnut leaves
An Austrian pine, Pinus nigra
...a closer look...
An Atlas cedar, Cedrus atlantica, from Algeria and Morocco