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Shipwreck Park Pompano in Florida offers underwater art gallery for scuba divers

Scuba diving enthusiasts can visit a new art gallery at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Pompano Beach in Florida. Shipwreck Park Pompano is an underwater art exhibition located 120 feet beneath the surface of the ocean, and spans three square miles that are home to an array of sunken ships, including Lady Luck, a New York City environmental tanker.

Shipwreck Park Pompano in Florida offers underwater art gallery for scuba divers

Visitors to Florida can enjoy an unusual new art exhibition where they will have to grab their scuba diving gear and head 120 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. Located off the coast of Pompano Beach, Shipwreck Park Pompano is an underwater gallery that spans three miles and is home to several sunken ships that have an artistic twist.

The park attracts scuba diving enthusiasts from all over the world, and it received its newest addition this summer. Lady Luck, a 324-foot New York City environmental tanker from the 1960s, was sunk off the coast of Pompano Beach on 23rd July, 2016 on the day that the underwater museum officially opened to the public.

Shipwreck Park Pompano is free for scuba divers if they have their own boat, and it is just a ten-minute boat ride from Hillsboro Inlet, making it one of the most accessible scuba diving destinations in the United States. More than 35,000 divers are expected to visit the park each year to see the unusual vessels that have feature recycled ship parts and sculptures.

Lady Luck sits 50 feet beneath the surface of the sea, and is as long as a football field. The ship features a collection of artwork that has been sculpted from concrete, recycled ship parts, and steel. There’s a fake casino with poker table, mermaid cocktail waitress servers, giant dice, and an octopus working the craps table. The deck has four slot machines that have been made from recycled ship parts.

Divers can explore the ship’s 16 staterooms, engine room, tanker holding bays, galley, and the captain’s deck. There are also plans to launch a variety of rotating temporary underwater exhibits.

Dennis MacDonald, the artist who created the underwater pieces for the museum, explained:

“We worked 12-hour days steadily for two months to create the art. I wanted the entire project to evoke a sense of playfulness and good humour, and in this regard, I consider the project to be a success.”

The attraction is not just an art gallery, and the creator hopes that it will become an artificial reef that will attract thousands of diverse marine species over time and enhance the eco system. So far, lady Luck has become the home of many Atlantic spade fish and blue runners. Museum officials believe that it won’t be long before colourful soft and hard corals will begin to grow and algae will form on the hull of the huge ship.

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