Granada completes the renovation of its underwater sculpture park: Travel Weekly
The Granada Tourism Authority said it has completed the renovation of Granada’s Underwater Sculpture Park, which was the first of its kind when it opened in 2006 and has since become one of the country’s most popular attractions.
The park, located off the west coast of the island in the Molinere BeausÃ©jour Marine Protected Area, was designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and is accessible to snorkelers and snorkelers. The installation includes 82 life-size sculptures that reflect the culture of Granada and are mostly fashioned from simple substrates, which are surfaces on which marine life can thrive.
One of the park’s most famous sculptures is the Vicissitudes, a circle of 28 figures representing local Grenadian children linked by hands.
Other notable pieces include the Lost Correspondent, a man working at a typewriter on a desk covered in historical newspaper clippings. Another sculpture, called Sienna, depicts the figure of a young diver from a local story, and TAMCC Faces is a series of life-size faces that appear to be cast in the crevice of a large coral boulder.
Over time, the sculpture park has been affected by natural environmental forces. The restoration project included the repair and cleaning of specific structures as well as the removal of some sculptures and the relocation of other pieces.
âThe Granada Underwater Sculpture Park is a national treasure, and its upkeep is important to maintaining the pure appeal of Grenada’s waters,â said Petra Roach, CEO of the Tourism Authority.
âInnovatively designed to act as an artificial reef, the park has attracted an astonishing array of diverse marine life since its inception and provided a surface for coral growth, which is important to our continued conservation efforts and commitment. to combat the ravages of global warming, âRoach said.
Several local dive operators run tours of the park, including EcoDive Grenada, which offers a two-hour tour for snorkelers to the park and nearby reefs from $ 45, or four hours from $ 60.
Dive tours are also offered and a full list of operators is listed.
In addition to the underwater park, the waters of Granada contain more than 30 dive sites, including the Bianca C, the largest wreck in the Caribbean.