Museum focuses on ‘Art of the Abyss’

Visitors are invited to travel to the deepest, darkest places on the planet to discover a vibrant world of art, technology and science in the History of Diving Museum’s upcoming featured exhibit, “Art of the Abyss.”  For the third consecutive year, the museum has collaborated with artists from the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and students in Monroe County to put together a fresh take on the underwater world.

The exhibit opened on Jan. 20 and will be on display through March 17. The exhibit will highlight Guild member artwork that represents the creatures of the deep and the power of the ocean world. Student artwork includes a 6-foot-long, life-size sculpture of a coelacanth fish, once thought to be extinct. Other student artwork includes a glowing anglerfish and additional creatures of the deep. Stroll through the Marianas Trench to see what creatures lurk there and what technologies have been used to discover them. Visitors will be able to learn about the few people who have visited these depths and what submersibles were used to get them to the bottom of the abyss.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  The Art Guild of the Purple Isles is also a cosponsor in the exhibit, through contributions of artwork, volunteer hours and display.  More information is at

The History of Diving Museum is a nonprofit located in Islamorada (MM83). Exhibits and museum store are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is at

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