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1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project Features a Display of Modules and 3D Virtual Tour at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)


The #1000mermaids project is a public art installation that will also serve as an underwater eco-friendly destination for tourism off of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 01, 2018 --(PR.com)-- With the help of Industrial Divers Corporation (IDC), Choose954, Megan Lagasse from Pier Sixty-Six and Mad Studios, the 1000 Mermaids project will be on display both physically and via 3D/VR at the FLIBS entrance, Broward County Convention Center, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina Dock and The Sails Marina during show times on Thursday Nov. 1 - Sunday Nov. 4.

Every year, the show exhibits a vast array of the industry's latest boats and yachts of all sizes, worldwide debuts, plus a medley of marine products and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle. The #1000mermaids project aims to bring awareness to the growing problems affecting our natural reef and is the first step for helping the environment by educating the general public on issues they may not be aware of on the surface but are happening underneath the water.

The artist duo of Ernest Vasquez and Sierra Rasberry, better known as Miami Body Cast created this innovative project out of their love for the ocean and their backgrounds in ceramics, architecture, and sculpting. Mermaids have long been a symbol of human's connection to the ocean and by casting real people and sculpting them into artificial reef sculptures that will be strategically placed along the ocean floor, the artist duo hopes to do their small part in helping give the natural reefs time to recover, as well as provide habitats for fish, lobsters, and other marine life.

"What began as a simple idea of turning the models into mermaids has now grown into a long-term project that will involve many people, volunteers, businesses, organizations, environmental agencies, local and federal government involvement, and even the Army Corps of Engineers," says Vasquez. With the help of local government environmental agencies, the planned locations for the Artificial reef modules are perpendicular with the tour boat excursions off of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Not only does this project promote eco-friendly awareness and support for the ocean, but it will also become the stage for a world-renowned snorkeling destination.

“We need more responsibly built artificial reefs. The days of dumping junk in the ocean to create marine habitat are over. Artificial reefs today should be designed and crafted structures that, while having enhanced features and exhibiting the influence of man, ultimately must conform to the aesthetic of the natural reef. The 1000 Mermaids reef project is a giant step in that direction," says Chris O'Hare, Reef Builder, Pineapple Grove Design.

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The #1000mermaids project is a public art installation that will also serve as an underwater eco-friendly destination for tourism off of Fort Lauderdale Beach. For more information, the public can visit 1000mermaids.com, “Like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/1000mermaids, follow us on Instagram 1000mermaids or call (954) 361-4998.
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