In the hopes of adding another artistic dimension to his already inspiring art pieces, Andreas Franke dragged an entire collection of his to the bottom of the sea!
Magnets hold 12 Photoshopped paintings to the bulkhead of the USNS Vandenberg, a warship that permanently resides 93 feet below the surface of Florida, Key West's clear blue waters. The waterproof paintings depict the surreal, spectral life of ghosts still aboard the capsized vessel and were painstakingly dragged to the ocean floor by artist Andreas Franke.
The 522-foot warship was sunk as part of a controlled demolition several years ago in the hopes of creating an artificial reef. So beyond the local aquatic fauna, the only observers of Franke's art are the scuba divers -- there are no pirate ghosts wandering around.
Andreas Franke Encourages Deep-Sea Divers to Check Out His Work
1. Underwater Art Installations - Exploring the creation of art installations that can only be experienced underwater to provide a unique artistic experience.
2. Sustainable Art - Exploring the use of artificial reefs to display art in a way that stimulates underwater ecosystems and supports the growth of marine life.
3. Deep-sea Tourism - Exploring the growth of deep-sea tourism by creating unique experiences, such as underwater art exhibitions, that attract scuba divers and other underwater enthusiasts.
1. Art - Opportunities for artists to explore the medium of underwater art and its potential impacts on marine life and ecosystems.
2. Tourism - Opportunities for the tourism industry to expand into deep-sea experiences, such as underwater art exhibitions, to attract a new range of customers.
3. Environmentalism - Opportunities for environmental groups to incorporate art installations into their initiatives as a way of encouraging sustainable development and supporting marine life growth.