Many people would be surprised to find that New Providence’s latest tourism attraction is not on land.
Instead, it’s the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF) Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden-the largest underwater sculpture garden in the world located in southwestern New Providence just behind the Clifton Heritage Park.
Made from sustainable PH-neutral materials, the statues will gradually transform into an artificial reef, attracting coral and other marine life.
And according to Executive Director of BREEF Causuarina McKinney-Lambert, the park, which is not even been opened for a month yet has attracted hundreds of visitors to The Bahamas.
“We wanted to create a good marine habitat for visitors and locals to enjoy,” she said.
“We installed these sculptures and we have been featured in over 50 international media outlets from the US, Canada to Argentina and Italy. What we are seeing is a lot of boats and divers. They are seeing a lot of the art installation for the very first time and they are very excited to come back and see the coral that grows on it.”
After artist Willicey Tynes won one of BREEF’s earlier art competitions in 1995, he forged a relationship with founder of BREEF Sir Nicholas Nuttall to develop the submerged sculpture garden.
Other artists contributing to the project were internationally renowned artist Jason DeCaires Taylor and Bahamian artist Archet John.
Ms.McKinney-Lambert said there is a hope that more sculptures would be added to the collection in the near future.
You can visit the BREEF Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Garden by boat or by going through the Clifton Heritage Park.