Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and South Walton Artificial Reef Association
Seven designs selected for third underwater museum of art installation
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) recently revealed the seven sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the third installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA).
The 2020 installation will include the following sculptures: Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida), Building Blocks by Zachary Long (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands Ranch, Colorado), Eco Bug by Priscila D’Brito (Boca Raton, Florida), From The Depths by Kirk Seese (Lutherville, Maryland), Hope by Jonathan Burger (New Bern, North Carolina) and Three Wishes by Marisol Rendón and Ingram Ober (San Diego, California).
Named in 2018 by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is presented as part of CAA’s Art In Public Spaces Program and augments SWARA’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton.
Currently, Gulf coastal waters off Walton County are 95% barren sand flats. Deployment of sculpture as artificial reefs will provide a source of biological replenishment and protective marine habitat where none exists. The UMA is deployed with SWARA’s existing USACOA and FDEP permitted artificial reef project that includes nine near-shore reefs located within one nautical mile of the shore in 58 feet of water. A one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park has been dedicated to the CAA for the purpose of the sculpture exhibit.
With support from the Alys Foundation, Visit South Walton, Visit Florida, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, UMA sculptures are deployed with SWARA’s existing USACOA and FDEP permitted artificial reef projects that include nine near-shore reefs located within one nautical mile of the shore. The 2020 installation will join the 17 sculptures previously deployed, further expanding the nation’s first permanent underwater museum.
Deployment of the 2020 UMA installation is slated for the fall. Visit UMAFL.org for more information on the timeline and events surrounding UMA’s launch. Project and sculpture sponsorships are available.
Cultural Arts Alliance
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