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Underwater Statues and Sculpture Parks

visit an art gallery while diving

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It probably all started at Portofino in Italy, where, in 1947, pioneer Italian diver Dario Gonzatti lost his life. Honoring his life, there now stands a bronze stature of Christ, eight feet tall in only 30 feet of water. It was created by Italian sculptor Guido Galletti and is a popular attraction for scuba divers and free divers alike.

Galletti's mold bore two more statues. One is at the surface in Grenada's harbor, in remembrance of the death of a crewmember when an explosion and fire hit Italian liner Bianca C. in St. George's harbor in 1961. Still on fire, it was towed into deeper water, where it sank and is now a popular dive site. The other is in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 25 feet deep in the water off Key Largo.

In 1990, another 10-foot-high statue of Jesus was placed 30 feet deep, between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to Malta. There's a much smaller statue of a dolphin placed at the entrance to an underwater cave in the Medas Islands, a popular diving spot in Spain....

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