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Proposed Salvador Dali Museum

The new Salvador Dali Museum was described tonight to a group of 100-150 guests at the Mahaffey Theater in St Petersburg. This spectacular new building designed by Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum architects will be adjacent to the Mahaffey at Progress Energy Center for the Arts overlooking Tampa Bay.  While only a few blocks from the existing Salvador Dali Museum, this will double the space, offer better protection against hurricanes, and has a Daliesque exterior. St Petersburg has the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain. Looking at the renderings, my 2 favorite views were inside: one was the spiral staircase that leads to the 3rd floor galleries and then becomes a unique sculpture; the other was the feeling dining inside and looking out at the waterfront through the flowing glass dome that curls around the building. Groundbreaking is scheduled for December 12 and completion is expected in the fall of 2010.

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