On occasional Thursdays I’ve published various “paintings and photographs” posts, and showcased a photo that I’ve taken of a Norwegian view along with a painting in which an artist captured a similar perspective.
Today’s post is somewhat within that theme, except it’s not a Norwegian painter or photo. But it *is* an artist and it *is* a photograph(s) … but not a perspective. It’s photos of sculptures created by the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí.
Dalí. Just saying his name brings up a vision of bizarre dreams and melting clocks … but there’s so much more to his life. A synopsis, from Biography:
(Visit his page on Biography to read the complete story and view several interesting videos.)
While walking around Marbella during our trip to Spain last week we discovered a little gem: the Avenida Del Mar. It was unexpected and delightful, and I enjoyed walking and photographing. Sculptures, flowers, benches, shade, views of the Mediterranean: an oasis of calm in an area of tourists. It was so peaceful.
Except, as I looked closer at the sculptures I saw they were created by Salvador Dalí depicting a few of his surrealistic visions. Not calm at all! But the overall effect was. For me, the representation of disturbing dreams against the larger, more present backdrop of seagulls, warmth, color, sunshine, water, people, and real life created a unique and interesting mixture. I could have wandered there for hours.
Once home, I researched a bit about the Avenida Del Mar. This is what I found on the Arts & Culture section of Expatica:
I meandered down the plaza for quite a while, camera in hand and eyes taking in the statues and surroundings. Although, because of the bright sun and my limited point-and-shoot camera my photos don’t show the detail very well, perhaps they’ll give you an impression of the area?
The first statue from the town end of the park is Perseo, depicting the beheading of Medusa by the mythological Greek hero Perseus:
As you walk towards the Mediterranean past Perseo, the next one is Gala Gradiva, thought to be one of the loves of Dalí’s life:
Continuing on, you’ll find Mercurio:
… and Trajano a Caballo (Trajano riding a horse):
Next, Gala Asomada a la Ventana (Gala at the window):
… and Caballo con Jinete Tropezando (Horse and jockey stumbling):
Continuing, you’ll find Elefante Cosmico (Cosmic elephant):
… Mujer Desnuda Subiendo La Escalera (Nude woman walking up stairs):
… and Don Quijote Sentado (Don Quixote sitting down):
… and finally, the last of Dalí’s statues, his Hombre Sobre Delfín (Man above dolphin):
Referring to my earlier post where I mentioned “planned and focused” vacations vs. “let’s see what happens,” this was a little of both. It was definitely an unplanned discovery … but once I did see it during a quick Marbella walk exploration, I planned a visit back to absorb and take photos. Has that ever been your experience on a vacation? I’d enjoy reading your thoughts!
(Here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)