Salvador Dalí, the famous Spanish surrealist painter, took oil to canvas in 1945 and created “The Broken Bridge and the Dream,” an otherwordly scene with dancers in front of a partially collapsed bridge.

Thirty-two years later, construction on the Francis Scott Key Bridge finished. And last week, 47 years after the bridge opened, a cargo ship named the Dali crashed into it, causing the entire bridge to collapse.

The cargo ship was, in fact, named after the painter. And, as pointed out by users on social media, if you look at the wreckage of the Key Bridge collapse from the right angle, it looks remarkably like the painting.

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Did Dalí predict the catastrophe at the Key Bridge? Eerie as it is, the resemblance between the Dalí painting and the real-life catastrophe is just a coincidence. Dalí died in 1989 of cardiac arrest. There are a number of museums dedicated to his work, including in Paris, Spain, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The Key Bridge collapsed just seconds after the Dali collided with one of its supports; six construction workers died. Four of their bodies are still missing. Police officers were able to close the bridge to traffic moments before the collapse, likely preventing more deaths.

Salvage work is underway so that divers can recover the missing bodies and vessel traffic can resume in and out of the Port of Baltimore.

Read all of our Key Bridge coverage here.

Cody Boteler is a reporter on The Banner’s Express Desk, reporting on breaking news, trending stories and interesting things in and around Baltimore. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, USA TODAY, Baltimore magazine and others.

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