The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Walton County, Florida, the museum lies at a depth of 58-feet and at a distance of .93-miles from the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Each year, a juried selection of sculptural works, drawn from artists throughout the world, is installed in the underwater garden. The sculptures quickly attract a wide variety of marine life and, over time, metamorphize into a living reef. This eco-tourism attraction not only entices art lovers and divers from around the country and around the globe, it provides a much-needed habitat for local marine life and fisheries as well as providing marine scientists, wildlife management professionals, ecologists, and students, with an opportunity to study marine life and measure the impact of artificial reef systems on the Gulf ecosystem.
The new installation is the third UMA sculpture deployment and includes the following sculptures:
Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
Building Blocks by Zachary Long (Oklahoma City, OK)
Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Eco-Bug by Priscila D’Brito (Boca Raton, FL)
From The Depths by Kirk Seese (Lutherville, MD)
Hope by Jonathan Burger (New Bern, NC)
Three Wishes by Marisol Rendón and Ingram Ober (San Diego, CA)
El Plastico by George Sabra (Richmond, TX)
With support from the Alys Foundation, Visit South Walton, Visit Florida and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs this newest installation will bring the total number of underwater works of art up to 25.
In addition to providing a site for SCUBA diving that will be unique to the world, the sculptures are designed and selected with their suitability as marine habitat in mind, so even in the absence of SCUBA divers, the Underwater Museum of Art is certain to have many visitors, including schools of bait fish, grouper, sea turtles and dolphins!