Wednesday, January 12, 2011

$36 Million Dali Museum Opens In Florida

Effects of New Museum Opening in St. Pete

The Dali Museum has been in St. Petersburg, Florida for a few decades actually, and just recently the city built a new museum to hold the artist's amazing work and to truly portray his style of surrealism. The old museum, which is only a few blocks down from the new museum was the complete opposite of the stunning new $36 million exhibit, which even includes a double-helix stair case. The museum is located in downtown St. Petersburg, which has a few tourist attractions, but nothing like this. The area itself, is actually very supportive of the arts, and is often overlooked as a tourist because it is the older part of the city and further from the beach. This modern, surrealistic building is now not only going to be a huge tourist sight now, but will also bring lots of attention from the art lovers. The downtown area has a two other museums, and a live theatre, and countless art stores so with the all the art lovers, the other exhibits will get plenty of attention as well as all the other businesses downtown. This new building, which was quite expensive, and took 14 years to produce, will greatly benefit the city and in the long run, give back with the money that it makes. The money was collected during recessions, and hard times, but the community still contributed to the new exhibit because they value the art, and having the art in their community. The amount of time and money spent, was a huge opportunity cost, but the city of St. Pete will actually gain a lot more out of it. The amount of original work from Salvador Dali is scarce, and this is actually the largest amount of it in one area which is even a scarcer find. The uniqueness, and creativity in the building is one of a kind, truly because there is nothing like it in the area.


Smith said...

"This new building, which was quite expensive, and took 14 years to produce, will greatly benefit the city and in the long run, give back with the money that it makes."

Explain to me what how this new building will “give back” the money to the community?

kern said...

Very interesting article on the value St. Pete is putting on art during these recessionary times. In your post you said...

"The amount of time and money spent, was a huge opportunity cost,"

The time and money spent was actually the choice that St. Pete made while the opportunity cost would be the next best thing that they could have spent the money on. From our example in class they choose to make 10 more bags of tea (build the museum) so they had to give up 20 bags of coffee (?) which is the opportunity cost.

With that understanding, what do you think might have been the opportunity cost of building the new museum?

Lindsay said...

Well, instead of spending the money on a new museum, the city could have chose to keep the art work in the old museum, which didn't have any real problems. They could've used the money to renovate the Pier, which in my opinion needed the renovation. The majority of the downtown area is a bit out dated, so there were plenty of other things they could have

The museum, will be bringing in so much money and tourism to the city, that all the local businesses will be making so much money from just having more people in town. It might have cost a lot to build this museum, but I think in the long run, the downtown community as a whole will really benefit from the new museum.

Ethan said...

Even with the local community's love of art do you believe it was worth it to spend so much money on a new museum when the old one, as you said, "didn't have any real problems"? Do you think it might have been better to just have renovated the old building or was there something more appealing about the new location? Also, do you think that this museum could hurt the beach based businesses by pulling people so far inland and if so, how much would it effect them?

Elizabeth said...

Reading about the new Salvador Dali museum leads me to think about the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Moving the stadium to Arlington when the Irving stadium was perfectly functional sounds very similar to the situation in Florida. The old stadium was outdated, but functional, so it was moved to a different city. The new stadium is incredibly modern, and also like the new museum, was incredibly expensive. Both the new museum and the new stadium were built to bring in tourism and to strengthen the economy of the areas. But like Ethan said, the older area will also be affected by the move, and most likely negatively. However, the distance between the older location in Florida and the new museum in comparison with the distance between the two stadium locations is much less. This likely means the negative effect will be much smaller.

Lindsay said...

@ Ethan
In my opinon, yes, I believe it was worth it for the city to build the new museum even though the old museum didn't really have any problems. The new museum was designed to portray the artist. The building itself is very "Dali." The art looks like it is at home. So while they could've used the money to renovate the old building, I think the new museum would make Salvador Dali proud. It is aesthetically apealling, to say the least. The location is in downtown and maybe a mile from the old one. The downtown area, is more of a shopping area with a few hotels and a pier. I don't think the museum would harm the beach-goers and the beach businesses simply because people will always travel to Florida to go to the beach not just to see the museum. The beach and the museum I think might go hand in hand together. The two areas are just different, like when people get sick of the beach or are just too sunburnt to spend the day in the sun, they go downtown.