It's an extraordinary similarity isn't it? The tree's crutches may be green rather than brown but they are the same curious shape as Dali's. And I can't help thinking that the conservators who care for the tree were inspired by the art.
Dali explained the painting thus: 'I have often imagined the monster of sleep as a heavy, giant head with a tapering body held up by the crutches of reality. When the crutches break we have the sensation of falling.'
It's nearly Midnight here and the monster of sleep lurks at my study door.