So what is it all about? Well, besides being named as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” of 2018, The Underwater Museum of Art Florida is a newly created local eco-reef and dive site situated right off Grayton Beach.
“The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Walton County, Florida, the museum lies at a depth of approximately 60-feet and at a distance of .7-miles from the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Each year, a juried selection of sculptural works, drawn from artists throughout the world, is installed in the underwater garden. The sculptures quickly attract a wide variety of marine life and, over time, metamorphize into a living reef. This eco-tourism attraction not only entices art lovers and divers from around the country and around the globe, it provides a much-needed habitat for local marine life and fisheries as well as providing marine scientists, wildlife management professionals, ecologists, and students, with an opportunity to study marine life and measure the impact of artificial reef systems on the Gulf ecosystem.”- https://umafl.org/
My husband, Colby and I are honored to have been chosen as a sponsor of one of the 2019 statues that are scheduled to be deployed this summer by my thoughtful mother-in-law, Debra Cannon. She selected a statue that will be placed in our honor this summer and will be added to the 2018 group of statues that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico floor. How cool is that?!?
Check out some pictures of some of my favorite local artists, Justin Gaffrey and Allison Wickey’s works that were selected in 2018 for this project.