I have built a 50' long sculpture of a horseshoe crab and will be sinking it off the coast of New Jersey as an artificial reef.
This truly is the realization of a dream. I have been aspiring to build a large-scale underwater sculpture for as long as I can remember. The choice to depict the horseshoe crab, to me, was a fairly obvious one. The sculpture will "live" on the ocean floor off of the New Jersey coast where Limulus polyphemous, the horseshoe crab, has been a prominent feature of the coastal waters for hundreds of millions of years. It is a true icon of the Mid-Atlantic coast. The shape of the crab is also about as perfect as one can find from a practical perspective for an artificial reef. It has a ton of surface area on which to grow encrusting organisms like mussels, barnacles, bryozoans, and algae. It also has a cavernous underneath section that will provide refuge for larger animals like tautog, black sea bass, and lobsters. Divers will love it too! And the last, and possibley the best reason, is that the over all shape is conducive to not flipping over. Horseshoe crabs carry around their best defense on their back, their shells. If they flip over, they die. Nature has designed them to resist the forces of waves and currents and to keep them shell up. They are almost perfectly "hydrodynamically shaped". I would like this sculpture to be around for a very long time. It will provide terrific habitat and a beautiful piece of art to look at long after I am gone. The cement recipe that I am following is reported to resist the erosion by seawater for 500-1000 years! What a legacy to leave on this earth.
I have raised the money to construct it and as you can see, it is complete. I just need the money to sink it. I would like to gently deliver the sculpture to the bottom of the ocean so that I don't damage it. I have decided that I'll need a really big crane to do the job. They're not cheap!
Please help me to complete this awesome project!
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