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.
Every year tourists come to Ft. Lauderdale to enjoy the natural resources. Large volumes of visitor trafﬁc can have negative impacts on the health of the natural reef.
Artiﬁcial reefs can help offset the trafﬁc giving the natural reefs time to recover, as well as provide habitats for ﬁsh, lobsters, and other marine life.
The #1000mermaids project aims to bring awareness to the growing problems affecting our natural reefs. The ﬁrst step for helping our environment is by educating ourselves on issues we may not be aware of on the surface but are happening underneath the water.
Mermaids have long been a symbol of humans’ connection to the Ocean. Our plan is to cast real people and sculpt them into artiﬁcial reef sculptures that will be strategically placed along the ocean floor with the help of local government environmental agencies. The planned locations for the Artiﬁcial reef modules are perpendicular with the tour boat excursions off Fort Lauderdale beach. While on the excursions guests will be educated on reef preservation and also be presented the opportunity to help the cause.