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Friday, February 3, 2012

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A Shipwreck Becomes An Art Gallery

When scuba diver and artist Andreas Franke took pictures of the Vandenberg shipwreck off Key West last year he thought something was lacking:

“Even though there is so much life, marine life, all over and around it, the shipwreck itself, to me, is a dead thing,” Franke said. “But I thought that if I put people on it, then there would again be life on that ship.”

That’s just what he did. Taking underwater photographs of the 522-foot vessel, Franke digitally added figures enjoying the ships underwater amenities (and adding some of his own) while bringing back a human presence. Recently with the help of other divers, he’s placed a waterproof gallery of the 12 large images along the starboard deck at a depth of 93 feet. The gallery, just a short swim through azure waters, is now available to any certified diver.

How did the Vandenberg sink? The decommissioned ships was purposely sunk in May 2009 to create an artificial reef.


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