Atlantis is not as far as you think; there is an underwater art gallery full of hidden mermaid artificial reefs in Florida that features sculptures, perfect for an enchanting underwater adventure.
The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project & Gallery is an underwater art gallery for tourism and an eco-friendly destination for research. Although the project is not fully completed this will be a future underwater art installation that will enhance marine habitats and expand fish populations for future economic and educational opportunities.
Sierra Raspberry is the artist behind this project and has created many body casts with real people. Her idea of making a sculpture garden and exhibit came from a simple idea and a previous art project.
This underwater public gallery is now available to divers and ocean lovers who seek a different experience. According to the 1000 Mermaid Project "Miami Body Cast has set a goal to create 1000 body sculptures made-up of a sustainable concrete which allows infant coral to adhere to it and restore Florida’s living coral reef population."
This project will involve volunteers, businesses, organizations, environmental agencies, local and federal government involvement, to create these mermaids from real people's bodies.
Once the project is completed it is expected to become a world-renowned snorkeling destination. The 1000 Mermaids Project has already deployed 18 of the 1000 mermaids. According to the Palm Beach Post, some of the mermaids are sprayed with calcium carbonate which will serve as a good base for corals and marine life.
The sculptures are located about one mile southeast of the Lake Worth Inlet. To learn more about this project click here.
1000 Mermaids Project
Where: West Palm Beach; coordinates for the reef N 26°45.2703'; W 080°01.6392'.
Why you need to go: This is an EcoArt project with mermaids surrounding the bottom of the ocean.
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