Ocean Atlas by Jason DeCaires

At sixty ton’s and five meters tall, Jason DeCaires‘ latest underwater sculpture is ‘Ocean Atlas’ and is the largest submerged sculpture in the world.

Resting under the pristine waters of the Bahamas (just off Nassau) this Atlas is not a muscle bound Titan holding up the Earth, but a boy kneeling on the sea bed, supporting the weight of the ocean on the arch of his back.

It is intended to become the center of an underwater sculpture park and the foundation of a new artificial reef.  It is intended to help support threatened marine life but also become an attraction in it’s own right, drawing people away form the overstressed natural reefs.

As mentioned on Jason DeCaires website:-

One of the greatest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have lifted the pressure off natural reefs which, over the past few decades, have been over-fished and over-visited. By diverting attention to artificial reefs, natural reefs have now been given a greater chance to repair and to regenerate.

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