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Officials get quick peek at Dali museum's new look

An artist’s rendering shows the Dali museum’s upcoming look.

Special to the Times

An artist’s rendering shows the Dali museum’s upcoming look.

ST. PETERSBURG — About 150 business, civic and arts leaders gathered at the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday night for a first look at renderings of the new the Salvador Dali Museum, which will be built on the grassy expanse across from the theater on the downtown waterfront.

Director Hank Hine said groundbreaking has been tentatively set for Dec. 12. That's when the museum will release images of the $35-million, 66,450-square-foot building to the public, he said.

Until then, here's a preview of architect Yann Weymouth's design.

• A massive free-form glass element will snake around the poured-concrete building and up to the roof, forming a skylight and bay windows overlooking Tampa Bay.

• A cantilevered spiral staircase will wind up to third-floor galleries, then continue in a decorative spiral reaching the 80-foot-high ceiling.

• A massive boulder will be placed at one corner of the building, appearing to support it.

• A glass "cave" will lead to a cafe and landscaped gardens.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at (727) 893-8293 or lennie@sptimes.com.

Officials get quick peek at Dali museum's new look 11/19/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:45pm]

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