A new sculpture has arrived off the coast of New Providence, Bahamas—and it’s big. Part of the Sir Nicholas Nuttall coral reef sculpture garden, the female Atlas sculpture kneeling on the ocean floor is an astonishing 18 feet tall.
Created by renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor, “Ocean Atlas” references the Ancient Greek sculpture of Atlas holding the heavens but depicts a young local Bahamian girl sustaining the ceiling of the ocean. The work was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), which initiated the sculpture garden project in an effort to relieve pressure on natural reefs. The underwater exhibition space includes works by local artists Willicey Tynes and Andret John as well as an artificial reef trail designed by Reefball.
deCaires Taylor, who has created hundreds of underwater sculptures around the world, had to assemble the giant sculpture underwater in sections. The largest single sculpture ever deployed underwater, it weighs an incredible sixty tonnes.
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