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A vignette in the conservatory refers to Salvador Dalí's fascination with comedic sex symbol Mae West. Dalí designed the "Mae West sofa," based on the screen legend's lips. The original is in the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Spain.

Stranger and stranger in paradise

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

A vignette in the conservatory refers to Salvador Dalí's fascination with comedic sex symbol Mae West. Dalí designed the "Mae West sofa," based on the screen legend's lips. The original is in the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Spain.

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Visitors should pay close attention as they enter the welcome center, because close attention is being paid on them. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Visitors should pay close attention as they enter the welcome center, because close attention is being paid on them. (Klint Lowry)

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Cactus growing out of a piano standing in a koi pond emulates Dalí's use of juxtaposition in his images. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Cactus growing out of a piano standing in a koi pond emulates Dalí's use of juxtaposition in his images. (Klint Lowry)

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A "living mustache" hovers in the conservatory above rows of plants planted to create a one-point perspective. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

A "living mustache" hovers in the conservatory above rows of plants planted to create a one-point perspective. (Courtesy photo)

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As visitors move from one large vignette to another, they should keep an eye out for smaller touches added to create a Dalí dreamsape. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

As visitors move from one large vignette to another, they should keep an eye out for smaller touches added to create a Dalí dreamsape. (Klint Lowry)

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"Rosa Floridali," is part of the rarely displayed"Floridali" set of lithographs created by Dalí in 1968 and on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg for the "Gardens of the MInd" exhibition. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

"Rosa Floridali," is part of the rarely displayed"Floridali" set of lithographs created by Dalí in 1968 and on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg for the "Gardens of the MInd" exhibition. (Courtesy photo)

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Dalí often used eyes as a symbol of perception. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Dalí often used eyes as a symbol of perception. (Klint Lowry)

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Dalí was fascinated with "Divine Geometry," especially spirals. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Dalí was fascinated with "Divine Geometry," especially spirals. (Klint Lowry)

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Giant butterfly wings and palm leaf ribs form an elephant in a fig tree.(Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Giant butterfly wings and palm leaf ribs form an elephant in a fig tree.(Klint Lowry)

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"Hatched" trees are indicative of Dalí's surrealism, with the egg motif a favorite symbol of his, representing life and renewal. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

"Hatched" trees are indicative of Dalí's surrealism, with the egg motif a favorite symbol of his, representing life and renewal. (Klint Lowry)

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The Wall of Eyes looks out over the conservatory. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

The Wall of Eyes looks out over the conservatory. (Courtesy photo)

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Butterflies as leaves is straight from Dalí's imagery. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Butterflies as leaves is straight from Dalí's imagery. (Klint Lowry)

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Selby Gardens built a butterfly house and filled it with native Florida species for the Dalí exhibit. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Selby Gardens built a butterfly house and filled it with native Florida species for the Dalí exhibit. (Klint Lowry)

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"Lys" is part of the rarely displayed Floridali collection of lithographs on loan from the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

"Lys" is part of the rarely displayed Floridali collection of lithographs on loan from the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. (Courtesy photo)

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A boat filled with cactus perched in a tree is very Dalí in itself. The added touch is in the name "Gala," the name of Dali's wife. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

A boat filled with cactus perched in a tree is very Dalí in itself. The added touch is in the name "Gala," the name of Dali's wife. (Klint Lowry)

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The staff at Selby Gardens set out transform the greenhouse and gardens into "a Dalí dreamscape." (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

The staff at Selby Gardens set out transform the greenhouse and gardens into "a Dalí dreamscape." (Klint Lowry)

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Two eggs and a twig mustache invite visitors into the Museum of Botany and the Arts. (Klint Lowry)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Two eggs and a twig mustache invite visitors into the Museum of Botany and the Arts. (Klint Lowry)

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An "ethereal piano" blends in with the hanging plants in the conservatory. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

An "ethereal piano" blends in with the hanging plants in the conservatory. (Courtesy photo)

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An olive tree growing from the skeletal remains of a boat is a re-creation of a bit of landscaping Dalí had at his home. A photo of it can be seen in the Museum of Botany and the Arts.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

An olive tree growing from the skeletal remains of a boat is a re-creation of a bit of landscaping Dalí had at his home. A photo of it can be seen in the Museum of Botany and the Arts.

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Greenhouse manager Angel Lara describes a vignette that incorporates photographic images of Dalí's home in coastal Spain.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Greenhouse manager Angel Lara describes a vignette that incorporates photographic images of Dalí's home in coastal Spain.

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Crutches supporting trees were common in Dalí paintings, and there are few life-size re-creations i the exhibit.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 |

Crutches supporting trees were common in Dalí paintings, and there are few life-size re-creations i the exhibit.

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