( CNN)– There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, 2,000 beaches, 32 national forests– and one underwater art installation.
Off the western coast of New Providence island that holds the capital Nassau, visitors will find an extraordinary site– the BREEF Coral Reef Sculpture Garden.
Began in 2014, BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Structure) commissioned three artists to produce sculptures that might live below the waves.
” Ocean Atlas,” is largest sculpture created by renowned British artist and environment activist, Jason deCaires Taylor. 2 Bahamian artists also created sculptures, “Virtuoso Guy” by Willicey Tynes and “Lucayan Face” by Andret John.
” Virtuoso Male” by artist Willicey Tynes is another sculpture in the undersea park
Lili Wagner through BREEF
The task was the creation of Tynes, who had been inspired by Taylor’s under-the-sea oeuvre. It developed an immediate tourist attraction that has substantive, positive environmental impact on marine life.
DeCaires Taylor stated their time together.
” All of us worked in the exact same yard, for around 6 weeks” he told CNN Travel by phone. “We resided in it together. It was quite hard. It remained in rainy season, searingly hot with monsoon rains. It was rather a hard project to construct.”
The “coral nursery” in the sculpture garden grows endangered Staghorn coral.
In addition to attracting visitors to this distinctive snorkel and scuba experience, BREEF has likewise been growing endangered Staghorn coral considering that 2015 in their coral nursery. In an e-mail to CNN Travel, a representative for BREEF composed, “These corals are being outplanted to restore our reef, and more coral implies more fish.”
DeCaires Taylor, who is at work on another task for the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, said of this commission, “I had this concept that I ‘d been trying to realize for some time, it was rather ambitious, and the Bahamas have such extraordinary water. It’s so crystal clear.”
Crystal clear waters are best for snorkeling above the BREEF Reef Sculpture Garden in the Bahamas
He liked the concept of empowering the local community to take care of their natural deposits and their reefs. Came the concept for the sculpture itself, “a young child, holding up the sea or supporting the sea in an Atlas-like posture. I sculpted a young girl called Camilla, who went to school there. It’s the largest one I have actually ever made.”
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As quickly as the Bahamas reopens to travelers, the submerged magic of the sculpture garden awaits, as does the island’s warm, welcoming hospitality.
” The best aspect of the Bahamas is they’re the nicest people I have actually ever worked with. It was hard, intense work, however they made it so enjoyable. Everyone is so nice.”