#1000Mermaids Artifical Reef Project 


We love the ocean - and hope you do too! Water is not only vital to our community but it's vital to our lives. Due to man made changes and lapses in judgement, our waterways are being destroyed which has had a devastating effect on our Coral Reefs Systems which has lead to Coral Bleaching, a process that unfortunately ultimately leads to the reefs dying.

The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project & Gallery of 1000 Mermaids is a monumental public EcoArt project in the form of an artificial reef installation that will also serve as an underwater eco-friendly destination for tourism & research. Its mission is to enhance marine habitats and expand fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors alike. Mermaids have long been a symbol of humans’ connection to the Ocean, and this artificial reef is being created by body casting real people in the form of mermaids on ocean friendly artistically crafted reef modules that will allow their likeness to live forever on the sea floor off of Fort Lauderdale beach.

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.  Miami Body Cast has set a goal to create 1000 body sculptures made-up of a sustainable concrete which allows infant coral to adhere to it and restore Florida’s living coral reef population. Each cast will be individually handcrafted by the artists that make up Miami Body Cast in collaboration with our reef building partner Chris O’Hare of Reef Cells and then strategically laid along the ocean of Florida’s east coast. 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, research opportunities, eco-tourism, and countless other benefits.

Sign Up To Be Body Casted As One Of Our 1000 Mermaids.

Sign Up To Be One Of Our 1000 Mermaids Divers.

This is the first trip to the potential drop site. We are going to have more than a few visits to make sure we pick the best spots for modules. The depth was about 40' and the bottom was mostly limestone bedrock with tires and small piles of sand.

Meet The Artists Ernest & Sierra Behind Miami Body Cast - The Sculptors Who Came Up With The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project

What is body casting?

Since 2015 ARTIST, Ernest Vasquez and Sierra Rasberry, have been PIONEERING Miami Body Cast studio. They'VE worked with dozens of prolific models, social media influencers, and celebrities as part of the MANY art projects INCLUDED WITHin THEIR GALLERY.