Dali's Statue of Liberty – Vascœuil, France - Atlas Obscura

Dali's Statue of Liberty

Vascœuil, France

To the famous surrealist artist, liberty required two torches held high. 


Not simply content to replicate the Statue of Liberty like so many other artists around the globe had, when Salvador Dali tried his hand at creating his own Lady Liberty, he doubled down on the flames of patriotism.

The original Statue of Liberty, designed by Frederic Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel, has been copied by hundreds of others, with about three dozen in France alone. These copies span the globe and appear on almost every continent, and varying widely in their form and function. However, Salvador Dali’s version is a unique as far as Lady Liberty replicas go, thanks to its dual raised torches. La Victoire de la Liberté (The Victory of Liberty), as Dali titled his 1972 creation, is quite true to the original Bartholdi design, but his lady has both arms raised, each with a torch.

The effect is almost like she if cheering for a sports game, or maybe just the greatness of America. 

Located at the Vascoeuil Castle, the sculpture sits outdoors among works by other famous artists like Pierre Szekely and Jean Cocteau. If rural France isn’t your thing, a copy of this copycat statue sits atop the tourist bureau in Cadaques, Spain as well , where Dali once lived.

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