Museum of Underwater Art

Museum of Underwater Art

Great Barrier Reef Museum of Underwater Art sculptures submerged off Townsville

Posted on 20.12.2019

Year 6 student Takoda Johnson is pretty chuffed to be the inspiration for a sculpture at the Townsville Strand, which is part of the Southern Hemisphere’s first Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA).

Stage one of the project is now complete, with the installation of a dive site off the north Queensland coast.

The “coral greenhouse” features more than 20 marine sculptures made from stainless steel and marine-grade cement at John Brewer Reef.

Marine sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor said the submerged display took more than nine months to assemble.

“It’s submerged at around 18 metres deep, it rises up to nine-and-a-half metres high and it weighs over 160 tonnes,” he said.

“It’s comprised of a building that’s populated by about 20 sculptures and each of them are doing different activities in their underwater botanical space.

“Instead of having tomatoes and beans and different plants, we are actually going to substitute them for different marine organisms.

“We’re having corals, sponges, and obviously the resident fish population will move in pretty soon.”

Key points

  • The dive site of about 20 sculptures is submerged to a depth of about 18 metres
  • Stage two of the project will include the installation of sculptures off Palm Island
  • It’s hoped the sculptures will draw more visitors to north Queensland

ABC News





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