World’s first ‘inter tidal’ art gallery opens in Maldives

Maldives: Holiday-makers can now combine snorkelling with art, thanks to the world’s first tidal gallery in the Maldives, reports said on Saturday.

The Coralarium is a place of education, preservation and conservation and. Together with the resort we hope to raise awareness for the protection of Maldivian coral reefs. I want to see a better future for the ocean, for people to see it as a place worthy of our protection. Jason deCaires Taylor, UK artist and environmentalist

The gallery at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort features semi-submerged exhibits that disappear and reappear as the tide goes in and out. The installation, called the ‘Coralarium’, has been specially located in line with the horizon, leading from an infinity pool. A short swim from the shore leads visitors to an underwater realm of human-shaped figures and vibrant marine life.

The ‘Coralarium’ holds three types of artwork including rooftop sculptures placed at the top of the cube structure as well as underwater art pieces. -Agencies

Sanctuary for ocean life

  • The creators say the materials, textures and configuration of the artwork has been carefully crafted to encourage the settlement of wildlife.
  • The gallery structure acts as a sheltered space that offers a permanent sanctuary for ocean life. The gallery has been designed by British artist and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor.