Incredible Underwater Sculpture Carries The Ocean On Its Back (Photos)
You’re going to want to make sure you’re wearing a clear pair of goggles if you ever find yourself swimming off the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas.
I mean, who would want to collide head-first with an 18-foot-tall underwater statue?!
Because that’s what’s holding the ocean up, thanks to Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor, a sculpture artist, created this massive, 60-ton statue right before placing it underwater.
The name of the statue is Ocean Atlas. Taylor wanted to name it after Atlas, the Greek god known for bearing the heavens on his shoulders. Aside from wanting to make an awesome statue, Taylor also wanted to create something useful and harmless to the ocean.
Ocean Atlas was made with pH-neutral cement, which will allow reef organisms to live on its surface.
In order to stay away from lethal diving accidents, there is a pole planted on top of the statue’s head, sticking out of the water. The pole and flag alert those nearby not to dive in that area.
However, you can still scuba dive down to the bottom to get a close look at Ocean Atlas for yourself!
The Bahamas Reef Educational Foundation commissioned Jason deCaires Taylor to place the statue at the bottom of the ocean, in honor of the foundation’s founder.
Check out the photos below for a closer look!