Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: Underwater Savior



Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the sleepy Italian town of San Fruttuoso on the Italian Riviera. A submerged Christ of the Abyss stretches his arms skyward from the ocean floor in the bay. The sculpture was created by Guido Galletti after an idea of Italian diver Duilio Marcante. The statue was placed near the spot where the sea claimed its first scuba diving victim of Italy. It depicts Christ offering a blessing of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward.

The commemorative display was cast with metal molten from medals awarded to soldiers in the second World War. Ship parts of warships and submarines were included in the casting process. You could say that the artist transformed a commemoration of war into a message of peace.  

The statue is transformed by corrosion and sea creatures slowly reclaiming the ocean space for itself and enhancing the look of the art.