The famous melting clocks represent the omnipresence of time, and identify its mastery over human beings. It is said that his inspiration for the soft watch came from the surreal way that Dalí saw a piece of runny Camembert cheese melting in the sun. These symbols represent a metaphysical image of time devouring itself and everything else.
Dalí’s art drew from his everyday life and extracted seemingly arbitrary things such as infinite desert plains, marble statues, bicycles or telephones and used them as icons where through their isolation they became symbols for deeper emotional themes.
Dalí explored his own fears and fantasies through these symbolic images captured in various mediums.