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Divers can view underwater art museum off Florida Keys

May 26, 2019
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In this Friday, May 24, 2019, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, divers carry a large photo illustration to be hung on the superstructure of the 523-foot-long Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg that was intentionally sunk almost 10 years ago off Key West, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The artwork, one of 24 created by Austrian photographic artist Andreas Franke, is a part of his "Plastic Ocean Project" designed to communicate the need to protect the world's oceans from plastic refuse. The entire series is to be on display on the former U.S. Air Force missile tracking ship for divers to view until Aug. 25, 2019. (Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Divers off the coast of Florida can now visit an underwater art museum.

Divers finished placing a series of artworks on a sunken ship Saturday about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The project consists of 24 large photo illustrations created by Austrian artist Andreas Franke. They were placed on the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former U.S. Air Force missile tracking ship that was intentionally sunk 10 years ago to create an artificial reef.

Franke calls it the “Plastic Ocean Project” and said he wants it to draw attention to the need to eliminate plastics in the world’s oceans.

On Monday, divers plan to unfurl a giant American flag on the 523-foot long (159-meter-long) ship to commemorate Memorial Day and the tenth anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

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In this Friday, May 24, 2019, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, divers carry a large photo illustration to be hung on the superstructure of the 523-foot-long Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg that was intentionally sunk almost 10 years ago off Key West, Fla., in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The artwork, one of 24 created by Austrian photographic artist Andreas Franke, is a part of his "Plastic Ocean Project" designed to communicate the need to protect the world's oceans from plastic refuse. The entire series is to be on display on the former U.S. Air Force missile tracking ship for divers to view until Aug. 25, 2019. (Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)