Everyone seems to be aware of the mythic metropolis of Atlantis – the traditional Greek civilization that Plato famously claimed had succumbed to tragedy and got here to relaxation on the backside of the Mediterranean Sea. Nonetheless, nobody has ever seen an underwater metropolis – till now. Hundreds of miles from the classical civilizations within the heat waters of the Caribbean, a sculptor has been quietly setting up his personal imaginative and prescient of Atlantis off the coast of Cayman Brac. Although the sculptor is just a few years into the huge venture, the enterprise has already attracted the eye of scuba divers and thrill seekers from all through the world.
The Cayman model of Atlantis is the brainchild of a considerably mysterious native artist identified solely as Foots. Now in his 50s, Foots has said that he has been obsessive about the parable of Atlantis since he was a small boy. Working virtually totally by himself, Foots has already accomplished plenty of big sculptures and laid the muse for Atlantis. After finishing the sculptures, Foots locations his work on a naturally sandy stretch of the Caribbean’s ground, at all times aware of the fragile submarine ecosystem. Although there’s a lot for divers to take pleasure in on this Caribbean Atlantis, Foots will proceed engaged on this large venture indefinitely, including new sculptures to the underwater metropolis each six months. Most surprisingly, Foots has not made any drawings of his underwater venture, selecting as an alternative to work solely from his creativeness, permitting town’s plans to develop and alter because the civilization grows.
The doorway to Cayman’s Atlantis is marked by the large Archway of Atlantis. With every of the bases weighing over ten tons, scuba divers will instantly discover themselves within the midst of an awe-inspiring atmosphere. The good archway opens onto what Foots has referred to as The Elders’ Method. On the finish of this path lined with classical temple columns, the sculptor has positioned stylized sculptures of human figures – identified to the sculptor as “Prophets” – to observe over the underwater metropolis. To insure that locals have been in a position to get entangled within the venture, Foots modeled every one among these sculptures after people who’ve contributed to Cayman society. The figures of the prophets look out throughout a big courtyard on the seafloor often known as the Interior Circle of Gentle. In Foots’ model of the Atlantis fable, a younger woman made certain that the torches atop town’s eleven columns have been at all times lit and no shadows ever handed over the good sundial. Divers will discover the sundial in the course of the courtyard, protected by town’s nice columns. On the middle is a illustration of the Circle of Gentle, the area the place all time was mentioned to be infinite.
One in all most necessary features of the underwater metropolis is the care given to its location on the backside of the Caribbean Sea. Although surrounded by dense coral reefs on all sides, the positioning for Atlantis was chosen as a result of no coral wanted to be eliminated to accommodate the sculptures. Moreover, because the sculptures are made of straightforward concrete and will not hurt any of the world’s sea creatures, town will at all times be capable of assist vibrant life. In truth, although the Cayman Atlantis is at the moment set on a number of acres of featureless sand, divers will discover that town has already attracted all kinds of residents. All over the place you look within the underwater metropolis, laborious corals have begun branching out, sponges have discovered houses amongst the sculptures and quite a few species of tropical fish swim via town every day.
Resting at a shallow depth (solely 40-50 toes), divers are assured wonderful visibility. A lot of the Cayman Islands’ dive operators go to this particular web site on a regular basis. In contrast to lots of the Cayman Islands’ widespread wall dive websites, Atlantis is a superb dive for all ages and ability ranges. Due to the shallow general depth and wonderful underwater visibility, the positioning can be loved by snorkelers.
If you wish to expertise a dive web site not like some other on the earth, make sure to make the quick journey to Grand Cayman’s sister island, Cayman Brac. Already the world’s first underwater metropolis and the biggest assortment of underwater sculpture, the Caymans’ “Misplaced Metropolis” will proceed creating and welcoming submarine life for years to come back.