BREEF created the country’s first underwater living art gallery
The BREEF Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden was deployed in 2014. In 2015 BREEF installed the coral nursery and the site also became part of a network of Bahamian Marine Protected Areas. The sculpture garden is a one of a kind snorkeling and SCUBA diving experience for Bahamians and visitors that serves as a multipurpose hub for the marine environment which:
- Fuses art, education, and marine conservation
- Provides habitat for fish, corals and other marine organisms
- Diverts snorkelers and divers away from natural reefs and thus provides space for restoration
- Hosts the BREEF coral nursery, where we are actively growing and out-planting endangered species, Staghorn coral
- Is an exceptional outdoor classroom for environmental education and citizen science
The centrepiece sculpture “Ocean Atlas” represents a Bahamian girl holding the future of our oceans on her shoulders. It is the largest underwater sculpture in the world and was created by internationally-renowned artist, Jason deCaires Taylor.
The project includes sculptures by award-winning Bahamian artists Willicey Tynes and Andret John . Additional artificial reef structures from the Reef Ball Foundation form the backbone of a number of snorkel trails at the site.
BREEF received funding from the United Nations Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, and generous support from many other donors who sponsored sculptures and reef balls.
The project recognises BREEF founder Sir Nicholas Nuttall and draws attention to the international and local challenges of taking care of our oceans.