Freelance writer exploring Melbourne and beyond. If you enjoy the following article click on the Like button, Facebook it to your friends or subscribe. I'll update you with yummy and often free events. Like my photos? I instagram @redbagwilltravel
Published August 23rd 2019
Art worth diving for
In a Great Barrier Reef first, The Whitsundays has unveiled a series of underwater sculptures. Six Australian artists were chosen to have their sculptures submerged and on display in various key locations throughout the marine park with two more sculptures still to be revealed.
The sculptures include:
A mauri wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay off Hayman Island (artist Adriaan Vanderlugt)
A manta ray with indigenous markings at Manta Ray Bay (artist Adriaan Vanderlugt)
A manta ray sculpture at Manta Ray Bay off Hook Island and a sculpture title Bywa depicting a Dreamtime story about the reef located at Horseshoe Bay (artist Brian Robinson)
A turtle at Langford Spit (artist Col Henry)
Anthozoa a 20,000 time size sculpture of a single coral polyp to be installed at Blue Pearl Bay (Whitsundays Art Based Collective Caitlin Reilly, Jessa Lloyds and Kate Ford). This last exhibit will be installed in late September.
And in a first for the Southern Hemisphere, the announcement of the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor will be installed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (near the coast of Townsville) aiming to drive awareness to the importance of the Great Barrier Reef.
The works will be installed across numerous locations such as Magnetic Island and Palm Island, showcasing partially and fully submerged sculptures.
The first of several artworks, Ocean Siren, will be revealed this December at the Strand in Townsville and is modelled on a local Aboriginal girl. The sculpture will change colour in response to changing water temperatures.
There is also a Coral Greenhouse sculpture planned for the John Brewer Reef site offering a world-class dive and snorkel experience.
For some of us, the video below might be as close as we get to these submerged treasures but it certainly looks like a wonderful experience if you care to take the plunge.
Or if you like the thought of being underwater but not getting wet you can now stay in reef suites - yes, that means the rooms are in the depths below the sea. To see these click here.