Recreation of Salvador Dali's Home Town To Be Built In China
The Guardian reports that architects from developers China Merchants Zhangzhou visited Cadaqués in June to check it out, taking measurements and photographs so that they can recreate the charming seaside town complete with narrow streets and whitewashed buildings and a harbor full of little fishing boats. The replica town will sit on over 100 acres of land with a similar coastline and is expected to have room for approximately 15,000 tourists who want a European experience without the travel. Other replica towns recreating English villages and other European locations are already popular.
The developers plan to add art to their town and may have local Spanish artists show their work there. The Chinese developers also plan to add an artificial island. The Guardian article says that there was a prior attempt to recreate the town in the Dominican Republic but because Cadaqués wasn't consulted it isn't recognized as an official replica. Given Dali's love of both money and whimsy, we think he'd approve.