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Underwater Museum of Art
DescriptionIn late June of 2018, the first Underwater Museum of Art in the USA opened in the Gulf waters less than a mile off South Walton’s sugar white-sand beaches. The museum rests on the seafloor about 55-feet below the surface and in its first year was made up of seven unique sculptures created by local and nationally recognized artists who applied and were chosen by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County to be part of this historic museum.
The deployment of these statues was made possible by a partnership between the Cultural Arts Alliance and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association, along with the sponsorship of Visit South Walton. The site of the underwater sculpture garden is 0.7 miles off the coast of Grayton Beach, and the CAA plans to continue to select artists and add to the underwater collection annually.
In addition to providing a site for SCUBA diving that will be unique to the world, the sculptures are designed and selected with their suitability as marine habitat in mind, so even in the absence of SCUBA divers, the Underwater Museum of Art is certain to have many visitors, including schools of bait fish, grouper, sea turtles and dolphins!
For more information on the Underwater Museum of Art and sponsorship opportunities, visit: https://www.culturalartsalliance.com/local-arts/underwater-museum-of-art
For more information on the South Walton Artificial Reef Association and upcoming projects, visit: http://waltonreefs.org
Explore Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa Beach is the spot for those who can’t get enough of everything South Walton offers. Variety is at the heart of this beach neighborhood – lush parks, sugar-white sand, craft breweries and amazing eats - and it was recently named one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 5 Favorite Towns in America.