WORLD’S FIRST INTERTIDAL ART GALLERY OPENS IN MALDIVES

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An intertidal art gallery filled with about 30 sculptures which act as a habitat for coral and other marine species was opened recently in the Maldives, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the local media.

The gallery called the Coralarium, is located at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort. The cube, at a depth of three metres in the lagoon, features semi-submerged exhibits that disappear and reappear as the tide goes in and out.

The sculptures were created using casts of real people, including Maldives citizens. Designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the installation was completed after nine months of work and will live as an evolving monument in the sea.

"Its almost like an inverse zoo. In cities, we look at caged animals, whereas this is almost like we are tourists in a cage and marine life can look at us. Its almost a reversal of how we interact with wildlife," he said in a video documenting the project.

The frame of the gallery is made of pH-neutral marine steel and designed to reflect the blue hues surrounding it. Designers said the artwork has been carefully crafted to encourage the settlement of wildlife, mimicking the organic forms found in the water.

Tourists can now combine snorkelling with art as guided tours led by the resort's resident marine biologists are available.

In the evening, a light system which illuminates the gallery attracts marine life and creates a sight from the island shore.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK