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Mohawk Art Gallery Surfaces This Month
USS Mohawk Transformed
The 165-foot USS Mohawk is the latest artificial reef to be transformed into an underwater art gallery by Austrian photographer Andreas Franke.
Art enthusiasts will have to come up for air to admire the underwater art gallery that has graced southwest Florida’s coast these past few months.
The 165-foot Mohawk, which was sunk about a year ago to create Florida’s latest artificial reef, was transformed into a temporary underwater gallery showcasing Austrian photographer Andreas Franke’s latest series.
“What’s been most interesting about this project is bringing different groups together who might not always interact,” said Lydia Antunes Black, Executive Director at Alliance for the Arts. “It’s a great way to showcase both the natural beauty of southwest Florida where the water is such a primary element, but adding in art and recognizing the importance of the water and the natural elements and how important our cultural community is to these type of collaborations.”
Said Black: “It’s a significant project for our county.”
The pieces have become part of the marine live thriving in the reef. The work — 12 scenes referencing Mohawk’s service as a World War II warship — was removed from the wreck in September.
“What they’ll do is basically dry out,” Black said. “They take between two and four weeks just to dry out. Once they’re dried out, we’ll hang it like any other gallery.
“I’m looking forward to see how these pieces have changed in the underwater elements.”
Franke’s photography will resurface Oct. 4 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, Fla. The exhibit will remain there until Oct. 26.