In 1936, surrealist artist Salvador Dalí created one of the strangest and most talked about objects of the twentieth century. He called it Lobster Telephone (also known as Aphrodisiac Telephone); an idea inspired with Dalí himself, who demanded to know why, when he asked for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, he was never presented with a telephone?
The piece (above) is a bizarre composite of an ordinary working telephone and a lobster which is made of plaster. Dalí created this object with the specific intention of aligning the lobster’s genitalia with the end of the phone into which one would speak, thus aligning the speaker’s mouth with the lobster’s genitalia. What a mentalist?
But if like Dalí, you’re also interested in lobsters, then you’ll never have a better chance to get up close and personal with one this weekend – as what lives in and around our local shores will be on show for all to enjoy and touch (although please leave their genitalia alone!).
For thousands of us nature-lovers lucky enough to live in Sussex, we’re all guilty of a fascination, a great respect and even an obsession for the sea. From phenomenal year-round hypnotic sunsets to crazy winter storms; diving and daily mackerel boats or even just a simple stroll along the strandline – there really is so much to captivate and entrance our oh-so sensitive souls.
So get yourselves and your family to this Saturday’s Adur World Oceans Day in Shoreham-by-Sea. Personally, I love this event and wouldn’t miss it for the world – a unique opportunity to introduce children (and adults) to the mysterious undersea and seashore world. There are not only live exhibits of hardy marine creatures such as lobsters, crabs and fish, but also a variety of exhibits on the ocean environment, including strandline touch-tables, sea anemones, mermaid’s purses, and even prawns.
Shoreham-by-Sea has a long history of sea-faring and fishing, so why not celebrate this tradition and local connections with the sea, as well as promoting the protection of our marine environment.
Organized by the British Marine Life Study Society with Adur & West Sussex Councils, I’m always proud to support this fantastic event and this year I’ll be helping out with the lobsters and crabs as usual! Bring the whole family, and allow at least a couple of hours to participate in the activities. Refreshments will be available on the Green and nearby cafes and shops. See you there…
Adur World Oceans Day, this Saturday 14th June, 10 am to 4 pm, Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. Free Admission. For more information, please visit the British Marine Life Study Society website at www.glaucus.org.uk