Project ART.Reef: An Underwater Museum for the Pagasetic Gulf

UNDERWATER

The scientific team of the Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment Department of the University of Thessaly is aiming to create a museum of underwater sculptures at the bottom of the Pagasetic Gulf (Project ART.Reef ).

Project ART.Reef is an ambitious research project, about the creation of artificial reefs from underwater sculptures. The aim of the project is to look into the possibility of using such reefs for Ecosystem Management plans and the restoration of the marine environment, but at the same time, as an exciting diving attraction too.

The sculptures will follow the mythological lore of Jason and the legendary Argonauts. The concept is to give the opportunity to someone who dives at the reef to have the feeling that this is, literally, a dive in the mythology.

“I have had this idea for many years. In particular, I have been thinking of it since I saw a submarine museum with sculptures by an artist in Mexico. It was something exciting and I thought that this could also happen in Greece,” the project’s coordinator Alexios Lolas said to the Athens News Agency.

(Source: ANA-MPA)