BREEF anchors its position with coral reef sculpture garden
Published: Sep 26, 2014
The Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF) announced this week it has commenced the design of artwork for its Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden that will be installed in the near-shore waters of western New Providence.
BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the brainchild of Bahamian award-winning artist Wilicey Tynes, will feature the work of the creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park and world renowned sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, Bahamian artist Andret John and Tynes, with the assistance of the international environmental non-profit Reef Ball Foundation.
“The coral reef sculpture garden can become a new environmental-friendly tourist and local attraction for The Bahamas once completed,” said BREEF Executive Director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert.
“The Coral Reef Sculpture Garden is the perfect fusion of art, education and marine conservation located in the world’s most beautiful waters. By installing the eco-friendly artwork, beach-goers and snorkelers can now be redirected from natural reefs which will allow time for regeneration.”
The BREEF co-chair, Lady Eugenie Nuttall, is a supporter of the project.
“The seabed west of Clifton Heritage Park has been ear-marked for protection and management and was the optimal choice to install the Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, as we wanted to pay homage to the role this area has played in the history and development of Bahamian culture and economy,” she said.
BREEF was founded in 1993 by the late Sir Nicholas Nuttall to focus on the education of Bahamian teachers about the environment and to address growing concerns on the state of The Bahamas’ marine environment.
“BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the first of its kind in The Bahamas, is a continuation of BREEF’s commitment to using proactive, solutions-based approaches to address marine conservation. And similar projects around the world have sparked the interest of eco-tourists,” said McKinney-Lambert.
“As climate change, pollution, overfishing and coastal development threaten coral reef regeneration, we felt it was imperative that our sculpture garden was brought to fruition.”
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