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Great Barrier Reef enriched with extraordinary sculptures

One of the biggest diving attractions in the world – the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, has been enriched with several extraordinary sculptures, depicting the inhabitants of the underwater world. The works, created by 6 artists, have been placed in key locations in the marine park where the reef is located. Although the Great Barrier
Published: September 6, 2019 - 18:06
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:31
Great Barrier Reef enriched with extraordinary sculptures

One of the biggest diving attractions in the world – the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, has been enriched with several extraordinary sculptures, depicting the inhabitants of the underwater world. The works, created by 6 artists, have been placed in key locations in the marine park where the reef is located.

Although the Great Barrier Reef has been in serious crisis in recent years due to coral fading and damage from the elements, it is still extremely popular with tourists. In order to draw attention to the deteriorating condition of corals, among other things, this extraordinary performance was prepared.

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Among the sculptures that have appeared on the Great Barrier Reef are a Maori warbler in Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, two different manta ray sculptures in Manta Ray Bay on Hook Island and a turtle located on Langford Spit. It is also worth noting that a further two sculptures are still awaiting unveiling and location disclosure.

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A total of six Australian artists have been selected to prepare the sculptures, with their work placed in various key locations throughout the park. The next sculpture to be presented, will feature a giant creature called Anthozoa. This is a four-metre high concrete coral polyp that will be installed in Blue Pearl Bay at the end of September.

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“The locations chosen to house these installations, were previously beautiful coral gardens that were devastated by tropical cyclone Debbie. The installations will not only provide visitors with an alternative underwater experience, but will hopefully also start a discussion about the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef today,” said Nathan Cook, a researcher with Reef Ecologic and one of the project leaders.

Source: scubadivermag.com
Photo: Riptide Creative

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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