Dali, Cadillacs and his "grassy" beetle

In July 2019 the last Beetle left the factory, then the roads became a lot less fun.
We are sure Salvador Dali thinks the same.
Imagine crossing the street in a Beetle that appears to bloom straight from the ground. The grassy Beetle, a product of Dali's genius, represents a striking combination of the classic form of a wonderful and iconic car and the vitality of nature. Not just a car, but a living artwork that defies automotive conventions.Can you smell it too? The Volkswagen was covered in natural grass.
In the 1970s in Paris you could see him watering the Beetle before using it; although it is known that the master did not have a driver's license (just details).
We are about to immerse ourselves in Salvador Dali's eclectic artistic vision, where cars become canvases of surrealism, and grassy sculptures. This unique creation fits into Dali's dreamlike theater as a bright green gem, an extravagant interpretation of the harmony between nature and machine; but it is not the only car that inspired him.
Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism, left an indelible imprint also on the automotive world, transforming cars into true masterpieces of madness and creativity. In Dali's extravagant world, cars are not just vehicles, but walking works of art, ready to disrupt road normality.
Along with Lluís Montanyà and Sebastià Gasch, he expressed his appreciation for cars in his 1928 "Yellow Manifesto," a political manifesto on yellow paper that denounced art, attacked the "rotten" state of mainstream culture, and praised modern art movements, such as futurism, that were inspired by change and speed. Cars were key elements in interpreting the new era.
In one of his most intriguing works, "Dressed Automobiles" dated 1941, Dali not only depicted a car, but dressed it elegantly in haute couture clothing. It lends glamour to a Cadillac, creating an incredible intersection between the majesty of fashion and the functionality of a vehicle. Perhaps he expected that by having the car dressed in an evening dress, it would be greeted with the same exclamation as a style icon on a red carpet. And so on to the colorful drapes, which, however, over time will tear, get dirty and rot. From the stars to the stables, the Cadillac rusts and turns into Carl Attrezzi from Cars.
But it doesn't end there. The "Rainy Taxi," a Cadillac given to him by Gala, becomes a traveling exhibit. Exhibited all over the world, this car crossed the Atlantic to captivate European and American audiences, turning the road into a surrealist stage. With its six reproductions, the "Rainy Taxi" became the star of the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueres, intriguing more than ten million visitors.It is the 1938 Cadillac Series 62 convertible; inside are dummies covered with snails, on which a constant rain drips. Humid.
Cars are symbolic of the fusion of the modern and the ancient, dynamism and stillness. In fact, often when Dali included cars in his paintings, he associated their dynamism with fossil materials, creating a fascinating contrast between the past and the present, between the mobile and the immobile.
The artist loved to play with optics and illusions, and his clothed automobiles were the perfect example of this surreal play. He transformed reality, transgressing the rules of the ordinary and adding extravagance to the everyday roadside. His cars became moving works of art, capturing the viewers' gaze and creating an enigmatic symphony of shapes and colors.

With his ability to mix the surreal with the ordinary, Dali made the world's roads into true artistic journeys. Imagining yourself driving a "Dali Car" was not just a journey, but an adventure into the eccentric mind of one of art's greatest masters.
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