Associated Press Release
SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) -- A former World War II warship that got a new life as an artificial reef is now an underwater art gallery.
The USS Mohawk CGC was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles off Sanibel Island about a year ago. This month, 12 images by Austrian photographer Andreas Franke have been installed inside the sunken ship.
The photographs will remain on display through Sept. 14. Each image is encased in steel-framed Plexiglas, but tiny marine organisms are expected to find a way into the frames, giving the images a unique patina.
For the project, Franke superimposed images of models in World War II clothing onto original photographs.
Lee County tourism officials say the 165-foot Mohawk launched attacks against German U-boats and rescued 300 survivors from a torpedoed ship.