The 1000 Mermaids giant underwater gallery will let you swim through an enchanting sculpture garden full of mermaids.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being a mermaid (or at least swimming with one) we may have just found the spot for you. Located just off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project is a giant underwater gallery that promises to restore Florida’s living coral reefs population and bring a unique adventure for Ocean lovers and adventurers alike.
Although the 1000 Mermaids installation isn’t complete yet, the massive underwater sculpture garden will eventually feature 1000 sculptures made up of sustainable concrete to allow baby corals to attach to the surface and help restore the local coral reef population. Last year, the project deployed the first 18 sculptures spraying them with calcium carbonate, which, according to the Palm Beach Post, helps marine life adhere better and promotes its development.
Spearheaded by Chris O’Hare of Reef Cells, a crew of dedicated artists and volunteers carefully crafted the enchanting sculptures out of casts made of real people. The beautiful sculptures, however, aren’t just your average underwater sculptures. Some of them feature poetry and one even serves as a selfie station where divers can take a picture “wearing” a mermaid tail.
The mesmerizing garden, which would make Captain Jack Sparrow and his siren-loving crew mad with excitement, will likely become a world-renown and magical snorkeling destination once completed, but most importantly, it will serve as a beacon for eco-friendly awareness and support for the ocean and a center for countless research and educational opportunities.
For more information, make sure to check out The 1000 Mermaid Artificial Reef Project’s website.
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[Featured image: The 1000 Mermaid Artificial Reef Project. Photo by Ron Nash]