Crowds of divers in the water and scores of well-wishers on shore watched as the 17-foot statue – half ancient warrior, half sea horse – was lowered into position 60 feet beneath the surface.
Staff from DiveTech, using underwater motorized scooters, maneuvered the statue into place on a concrete block just off Lighthouse Point.
The 1,100-pound sculpture was supported by ropes and suspended in the water column by air-filled “lift bags” to prevent it from sinking like a stone.
It took around an hour to lower it from the surface to the seabed. Divers returned to the site later in the afternoon to secure it permanently to the concrete block with cement.
The statue, which was on display at Lighthouse Point on Friday evening, was driven by truck to George Town early Saturday morning when it was lifted into the ocean and towed by boat to the site.
By mid-afternoon Saturday, scores of divers had already visited the statue, which sits in a sandy flat close to the reef wall.
“We have had 60-plus divers out there today,” said Jay Easterbrook of DiveTech, which commissioned the statue for its 20th anniversary.
It is expected that over time, it will become an artificial reef and an attraction to marine creatures as well as scuba divers.
A dollar from every dive will go towards an ocean conservation project to educate school children about the marine environment.
“We wanted to leave something that would be here for years to come,” added Mr. Easterbrook.
The statue was made by Canadian Simon Morris, who created the famous mermaid statue at Sunset House.