“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein
The promenade of Avenida del Mar in Marbella is lined with ten bronze sculptures by Salvador Dali. Instead of rushing by I stopped in front of Mujer Desnuda Subiendo La Escalera (Naked woman climbing the stairs). I touched the bronze warmed by the sun, looked up at the strength and beauty in the woman’s body as she stepped onto the final spiral of the conch shell (the symbol of universal life and energy). I stood on the shiny marble tiles below me, listened to the water dripping in the fountains, looked out to the blue of the Mediterranean sea.
Then I ran my hand over Dali’s engraved signature and gave thanks to all the artists in the world. The ones who took the risk to bring to life the vision inside of them. The ones who were scared, laughed at, and criticized but created their art anyway. The broke ones, the revered ones, and the crazy ones. The ones who died before fame, who kept their work hidden, who lost their way but maybe found their heart. The ones who refused to conform, the wild ones, the ones who dared to start. The ones who turned words, notes and clay into truth. The ones who turned a raw nothing into a passionate something.
Dali was quoted as saying, “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure. That of being Salvador Dalí.” May we all wake up with the supreme pleasure of being who we are, and let our creative beauty shine in the warmth of the sun.