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Twelve New Designs Selected For Second Underwater Museum of Art Installation

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) recently announced that 12 new sculpture designs have been selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the second installation of the Underwater Museum of Art off the Florida coast.

The 2019 installation will include the following sculptures:

  • Buttery by Alys Beach Construction (Alys Beach, FL)
  • To Refresh With Water by Beatriz Chachamovits (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
  • Saguaro by Ghazal Ghazo (Tucson, AZ)
  • Aspiration by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands Ranch, CO)
  • Flamingle by Rachel Herring (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
  • Wave! by Benjamin Mefford (Wilsonville, OR)
  • I Found It! by Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendon (San Diego, CA)
  • Love Thyself by Maxine Orange (Destin, FL)
  • Let’s Not Blow This by Kevin Reilly (Montgomery, AL)
  • El Plastico by George Sabra (Georgetown, TX)
  • Depth of Decision by Gianna Stewart (Dorchester, MA)
  • X.Muta by Vince Tatum (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)

Recently named by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is helps create marine habitats and expands fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton.

The sculptures will be deployed with SWARA’s existing government-permitted artificial reef project that includes nine nearshore reefs located within one nautical mile (1.85km) of the shore in approximately 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) of water.

The 2019 installation will join the seven sculptures deployed last June on a one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park, expanding the nation’s first permanent underwater museum.

Deployment of the 2019 UMA installation is slated for this coming Summer. For more info on the new exhibits, check out the UMA website.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.