Imagine an underwater city; the marine life scurrying around the coral reefs and the sand at the bottom of the ocean, while people walk around it, dressed in everyday garb. It is a dream, seen only in movies and fantasy tales. It is perhaps, a way to imagine the lost city of Atlantis. However, a very talented artist, Andreas Franke, brought this idea to life with his amazing project, “The Sinking World/The Stavronikita Project.”
The SS Stavronikita was a small Greek freighter that was consumed by a fire 20 years ago. It sunk in the Caribbean seas. It now lies 24 meters under the surface off the coast of the Barbados. Time has turned it into an artificial reef. Using the hull of the SS Stavronikita, Andreas Franke gave birth to an amazing blend between maritime life and human art. Unfortunately, in order to see the exhibition you will need scuba diving gear.
Once you dive beneath the surface of the sea, the first thing you will notice is the hull of the Stavronikita, claimed by waters and time. The second are the large laminated photographic prints made by Andreas Franke. They are attached with magnets to the hull of the sunken freighter. These magnets were placed with utmost delicacy in order not to disturb the underwater life or damage the wreck.
The artist is known worldwide as a commercial photographer. He worked for companies such as Ford, Nike, Ben & Jerry’s and Coca-Cola. His fondness of the aquatic life and scuba diving gave him the idea for the “Sinking World” project once he discovered the sunken ship. Talking about his work, Andread Franke said: In my photography I try to construct illusionistic worlds far beyond the often shallow and eye-catching ad business.
The “Sinking World” project perfectly blends the vividness of the aquatic life, with the opulence and extravagance of the Rococo movement. It also adds a touch of darkness and ghastly graveness that reminds everyone that a ship has sunk, never to be seen above the waters again. Would you like to see this underwater exhibition?