Underwater Sculptures

Recently I found a truly amazing picture of this underwater statue, Christ of the Abyss, at the wonderful hauntedshoreline. So I went investigating and found more pictures of underwater statues that have been placed in various sites around the world. These statues were completely new to me and creepily cool, I think.

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Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue of Jesus, located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso on the Italian Riviera. It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2.5 metres tall. The sculpture was created by Guido Galletti after an idea of Italian diver Duilio Marcante.

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There are more sculptures located in the Caribbean ocean off the west coast of Grenada, West Indies, by Jason deCaires Taylor. You can find out more here: http://www.underwatersculpture.com/index.asp These stunning sculptures are, we are told, environmentally friendly. They will eventually become a ‘natural’ reef some day and are already home to a number of species, including peacock flounder, juvenile striped parrot fish, banded coral shrimp, and fire worms.

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Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

50 thoughts on “Underwater Sculptures

  1. My goodness. I had no idea. These are remarkable. Thanks for sharing them. I love the way that a starfish has settled on the hand of Christ of the Abyss, stigmata-like.

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    1. Yes, it does look like that doesn’t it?
      I was kind of entranced and repelled by these statues in fairly equal measure, I think because they are rather eerie, but they are certainly remarkable.

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      1. It also reminds me of the Song from the Tempest:
        Full fathom five thy father lies;
        Of his bones are coral made;
        Those are pearls that were his eyes;
        Nothing of him that doth fade,
        But doth suffer a sea-change
        Into something rich and strange.
        Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
        Ding-dong.
        Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.

        As you say: entrancing and eerie.

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  2. Wow. Yes, “creepily cool” is a perfect description. I feel like I’ve just stepped into some kind of nightmare realm between life and death. I love all of these pictures, but the most chilling one (for me) is the circle of people holding hands.

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    1. I thought the exact same thing, but I don’t know why! I think I’d be tempted to head in the other direction if I saw these under the water but then I am a big scaredy cat 😉

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      1. Arghhh!! You’re so funny 😀 I never even noticed the Doctor Who implications!! Seriously, that’s the biggest lol of the day! Thank-you, Matthew, the world would be a dull place without you xx

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      2. It would be a dull place without you too! I’m going to try and download “Evertrue” this weekend and start reading it. I don’t actually own a Kindle, but I’m hoping to download the app to my laptop. xx

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      3. After a little bit of techno-struggling, I downloaded the Kindle app late last night and purchased a copy of “Evertrue.” I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s like a fairy-tale with a witty, cartoonish flavor. You’re similar to Piers Anthony, but better. (I feel a little bad for saying that because I grew up with Piers Anthony.) Anyway, I might just spend most of my Saturday afternoon on the couch, reading your book. I love the name “Preznova,” by the way. Beautiful!

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      4. Thank-you so much, Matthew! I’ve just come down with a case of the flu and you can’t imagine how your kind words have brightened me up 🙂

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    1. I know, right? This planet of ours is truly amazing and I love how, no matter how much time passes, there is always more to discover 🙂

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    1. Wow, the sea has certainly changed him! Thank-you for including that link, and thanks for posting about this wonderful statue in the first place. I was in awe when I saw it.

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  3. I like these, although it’s odd that we feel the need to imprint ourselves everywhere. I suppose it’s human nature, to want to leave a mark somewhere.

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  4. How fascinating! I wasn’t aware of theses statues at all, although as a Buddhist I know of several Lamas who have placed Buddha statues in the oceans as a way of ‘blessing’ these areas and all the creatures who live there. Thanks Jill.

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  5. WOW they are incredible, thank you for sharing I am going to try and find out more about them now.

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  6. Hi Jill , an amazing post ,l appreciate the post and your time.The sculpture under water are incredible. Thank you for liking my post ( A Letter to my son . ) have a nice day.jalal

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    1. Thank-you, Jalal! Your letter impressed me with its honesty and love, and was really touching to read 🙂 You have a good day, too, my friend!

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    1. It’s been really lovely sharing these pictures as the majority of us haven’t seen them before and were equally amazed.
      It’s great to see you here, btw, Misty! You always have something interesting and entertaining to write about 🙂

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  7. re circle of friends sculpture – I have had several table sized and candle holder sized primitive Mexican sculpture like this but they face inward not outward. Wonder what different meaning emanates or sculptors intent. Well that’s for another post and this is your blog not mine . Thanks for visit.

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