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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I’m writing this post rather spent exhausted from a fun filled morning of surreal parading in celebration of the grand opening of the new Salvador Dali museum here in St. Petersburg. Jim’s played in the funky band and I joined the Balloons of the Apocalypse troupe. Together, along with shrimp headed guy on stilts, a dali impersonator, a ginormous loaf of bread, a frida kahlo impersonator, masked, robed, painted and mustached models and fans we danced and marched for about a mile from the old museum to the breathtaking new digs. After the parade, we witnessed the final two pieces in the Morse collection being signed over to St. Petersburg where we have promised to keep this collection safe and available to the public forever. It was all rather exciting and made me once again, proud to be part of this wonderful little city.

the brand new Dali Museum in St Pete!

The Balloons of the Apocalypse, in case you are curious, involved holding this huge balloon and sort of circling your arms so the tiny metal washes trapped inside the balloon would run along the edges making a pretty awful screeching sound. After about 30 seconds of this your arms would start feeling it. It was similar to working out with a resistance ball…only for about an hour with no rest. No kidding, I couldn’t move my arms over my head by the time it was done. My back and shoulders have been screaming all day, but it was so much damn fun I don’t really care. It was a historical day and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.

Here are a few photos I grabbed when I was finally free of my balloon duties.

Here’s me and the museum’s ‘Dali’ –

my favorite duo –

and here’s me and jim all snazzy and full of happy –

To visit the Dali Museum or learn more visit their website.

For more photos of the procession and ceremonies check out BayNews9’s image gallery here.

For a great article on the incredible new home for this comprehensive Dali collection, check out Creative Loafing’s article: Hello Dali

I’m sure by the time this blog posts tomorrow morning there will be loads of video and photos up all over the internet. It was kind of a big deal. But, that’s what google is for. I’m just one girl, and a sleepy one at that.

Til next time…
<3 calan

6 Responses to “deceit”

  1. Darlene Says:

    The lair i think he deserved it jk. the musuem shit like so legit it luks lik you had fun. i dont plan on tryin out the ballons tho. waaay to lazy for that.

  2. Jennifer Kosharek Says:

    Aws… no butterflies!
    Can’t wait to go to the new Dali museum. Thanks for sharing!

  3. calan Says:

    me too jennifer. i’m bummed a bit because we didn’t wait around and see if we could get in. official parade peeps were going to get in free yesterday, but that ws after ticket holders who bought in advance and depended on how sold out they were or something…it didn’t sound promising. i was so exhausted and we were starving so we left before the ribbon was finally cut and didn’t make it back over there. i’d love to see inside (i’ve seen images online and some video on the news and wow, it’s amazing) but it’s $21 bucks admission! i’ll have to wait til they are doing some sort of special or I see it on groupon, lol. they are totally going to be doing great stuff in there including showing contemporary artists, films, lectures, etc. despite the inflated price, it’s a beautiful thing for st. pete. 🙂

  4. Seraphine Says:

    i was sad to hear
    can’t digest butterfly wings
    to make one’s poop fly

    do you remember playing outside and singing this?

    my mommy told me
    if I was goody
    that she would buy me
    a wubba dali

  5. Matthew Says:

    Hehe, nice Haiku Seraphine.

    Dali’s work has always interested me. Wish i could see the museum. Looks like you guys had a blast. You keep going to these cool parades etc and i have heard of only one that happened in october here in my city. Where i live is soooo boring. Well enough of my complaining, take care and i will haiku next time. Just can’t think right now 🙂

  6. Seraphine Says:

    thanks for the compliment, matthew! hugs.

    deceitful deceit
    all is easily challenged
    except self-deceit

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