Carmel Magazine

Spring/Summer 2020

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September 2, 1941, the Bali Room of the hotel was conver ted into a Dali-esque fantasy world, conceived and realized by Dali with the help of well-known Monterey artist Bruce Ariss. The ceiling was lined with paper-filled burlap sacks that imparted a grotto-like feel to the room. A nude woman was posed in tableau that included a wrecked automobile (word is that the model was sedated so that she would sleep through the entire affair). A centerpiece of the dinner table was a live, caged porcupine and several exotic animals from San Francisco's Fleishhacker Zoo roamed the premises—including a young lion C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 93 Photo: Julian P. Graham photograph courtesy Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archives (Top) Dali painted this surreal portrait of Raquel Welch, part of the promotion for her break- through 1965 film "Fantastic Voyage." (Below) This Cadillac was stolen from the Dalis in 1944. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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