Cayman’s Lost City of Atlantis, an exciting new underwater tourist attraction for divers and snorkellers, was to be launched Saturday evening on Cayman Brac.
This sculpture, which will comprise a series of columns, archways and pyramids, is to have its first pieces sunk in the next three to four weeks.
Max Hillier, President of the Sister Islands Tourism Association (SITA), said the Archway to Atlantis and the Elder’s Way, which leads to an inner circle of light (with a massive sundial) are completed.
The project is being created by an artist who likes to be known simply as ‘Foots’, originally from Alabama but now a resident on the Brac. The project is his own interpretation of the lost city.
This artist is spending tens of thousands of dollars on the project out of his own pocket, with logistical support from the Government.
The sculptures will weigh 150,000lbs and cover 10,000 square feet.
The launch took place at 5pm at Creek Dock, where the first phase of the project was laid out.
Leader of Government Business and Minister for Tourism McKeeva Bush was among the officials attending the launch. The artist unveiled a plaque dedicated to Mr. Bush along with Sister Islands MLA Julianna O’Connor-Connolly.
Mr. Hillier explained that the materials chosen for the project are based on a 140 page study that has been done on what is best for artificial reef restoration.
He said that over the next two to three years different phases of the project will be added in.
‘What we envision with this project is that cruise visitors who visit Grand Cayman may wish to take a trip to Cayman Brac for the day,’ he said.
The underwater attraction will be suitable for both divers and snorkellers and a mooring will be set in and around the city for boats to tie to.
Barring a huge storm, the weight of each individual piece of sculpture will prevent it from being dislodged, he said.
The weight of the bases to the arches alone is 21,000lbs each, he said.
The plan is that the Lost City will develop into a coral city, with new marine animals and promoting extra coral growth. Another plan is to eventually hold underwater weddings there.
Mr. Hillier also pointed out that the city will be located on a sandy bottomed area so there will be no impact on the surrounding coral and marine life.
‘We’ve made sure it won’t harm the environment in any way,’ he said.