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According to Wikipedia, St. Petersburg, Florida, nicknamed “The Sunshine City,”is known for its dry weather. However, on the day when I planned to visit the Dali Museum the city was assailed by strong wind and rain. I was prepared for such weather because I am from the Pacific Northwest.

As I walked along the Beach Drive from the hotel to the museum. When I finally arrived at the museum I found it packed with people/tourists. This was my third visit to the museum, and each time I discovered some improvement. The first improvement that entailed the entirely new physical structure was, by all means, the most notable and laudable: the new museum was not only aesthetically pleasing but also eminently functional. This time, however, I could only observe the new physical improvement, an added park with a maze, from the high point of the new structure due to its closure.

In terms of its content the museum, together with Walt Disney Co., organized a special exhibit about the “unexpected” connection between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. In 1940s they even collaborated on creating a short animation film called Destino based on a Mexican/Spanish song “Destino” when Dali was in the U.S. to avoid the war in Europe. Though this project was not completed during these artists’ lifetime it was completed recently – thanks to the effort by Disney’s nephew Roy. It was an unusual match, on a superficial level, but, on a deeper level, collaboration between these two artists was quite understandable. Both of them are obsessed with dream visions, hallucinatory subconscious reality where inanimate objects shift into other objects and beings fluidly. Like fairy tales which are essentially horror stories, Disney’s apparently kid-friendly sanitized animation films are based on the often grotesque/strange subconscious of human minds.

At the museum I saw a 90-minute documentary film titled Destino which discussed Dali’s and Disney’s life stories up to the time of their collaboration. It was a fairly interesting film that revealed their creative processes; however, it did not show the completed short animation film Destino, which was rather frustrating to me. They should have shown the completed short film.

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