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Dive in to explore this underwater artwork off the coast of Greece

A Greek dive centre has teamed up with artists to create an underwater artwork that divers and swimmers can explore.

A diver explore Greece's latest underwater artwork.
A diver explore Greece’s latest underwater artwork. Image by Forlane 6 Studio

The sculpture project – called Autonomy– is available to experience all summer until 10 September at Vlychos Beach in Hydra and was created by Forlane 6 Studio.

The wooden installation depicts a village breaking apart and fragmenting into smaller pieces. The end result is a sort of flexible habitat that moves with the motion of the waves and is able to “to bounce back into shape and shift its orientation easily as if gravity was no issue.”

Snorkellers can explore the underwater artwork.
Snorkellers can explore the underwater artwork. Image by Forlane 6 Studio

The underwater artwork is intended as a comment on climate change, which the artists note as the ‘attacker’ in this scenario; causing waters to rise and rain patterns to evolve.

The studio teamed up with the Hydra Dive Centre to set up the underwater artwork so others could explore it. Over the course of the summer, the installation will naturally change shape, almost like a breathing organism.

You can explore the underwater artwork from every angle.
You can explore the underwater artwork from every angle. Image by Forlane 6 Studio

The installation is the latest piece of underwater for European divers can enjoy. Europe’s stunning first underwater museum opened in Lanzarote this February, joining similar projects in Grenada and Mexico. It’s yet another positive development for Greece, whose tourist industry has been an increasingly bright spot in their recent economic crisis

Autonomy is ready for you to explore off the coast of Hydra.
Autonomy is ready for you to explore off the coast of Hydra. Image by Forlane 6 Studio