About the Exhibit
30A’s Underwater Museum of Art was created as a partnership between the Cultural Art Alliance’s (CAA) Art in Public Spaces Program and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA). SWARA’s mission is to create marine habitat and expand 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. Another fantastic aspect of the museum is that it brings art and conservation together to build marine life sanctuaries right off the coast. The sculptures are all completely sustainable and suitable for marine life, with a goal of helping them flourish. Art lovers and divers from all over flock to Grayton Beach just to see the underwater garden. There truly isn’t anything like this anywhere else!
This year’s 12 new sculptures include El Plastico designed by George Sabra. The large sculpture is a 2-liter soda bottle made of environmentally cast concrete, representing how something that harms marine life can actually help it flourish. We all know that plastic is incredibly harmful to marine life, but since Sabra’s sculpture is hollow and made from environmentally friendly material, it will serve as a home for fish. Sabra is known as an environmental artist, creating sculptures out of reclaimed and environmentally friendly material.
Other sculptures at the museum include Buttery by Alys Beach Construction, To Replenish With Water by Beatriz Chachamovits, Saguaro by Ghazal Ghazo, Aspiration by Shohini Ghosh, Flamingle by Rachel Herring, Wave! by Benjamin Mefford, I Found It! by Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendon, Love Thyself by Maxine Orange, Let’s Not Blow This by Kevin Reilly, and X.Muta by Vince Tatum. Visit the Underwater Museum of Art’s website to learn more about this unique approach to eco-tourism!