Largest Underwater Statue Holds Ocean on its Shoulders

Author: Tia Ghose [Live Science]

Just off the coast of the Bahamas, a giant waits beneath the waves.

The nearly 2-story-high statue, dubbed Ocean Atlas, was lowered into place earlier this month and is the largest sculpture ever placed underwater. The statue, which stands 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall and weighs 60 tons, depicts a Bahamian girl holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders.

Ocean Atlas is inspired by Greek myth of the Titan Atlas, who holds the celestial spheres on his shoulders. The sculpture was designed and built by artist and conservationist Jason deCaires Taylor. While the sheer size of the sculpture is impressive, the statue isn’t just a visual treat for passing scuba divers and snorkelers, Taylor said.

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