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The weights around the neck of the diver are like masks representing comedy and tragedy, reflecting the manic depressive nature of both Dalí and Berners.
Dalí claimed the diving suit represented his exploration of the subconscious.
From the front, the quotation reads ‘a man who never has an occasional flash’, which would be difficult in a diving suit and represents Berners' childish sense of humour.
Dalí's Diver Portwell Bench
commissioned by Faringdon Town Council, Bloor Homes
Faringdon Town Council
27th September 2014
at all times
set into sunken panels on the front and back of the bench and designed to be misread: MISTRUST / A MAN / WHO / NEVER / HAS / AN / OCCASIONAL / FLASH / OF / SILLINESS