Florida artist Donald Gialanella was commissioned to design, fabricate, and install a sculpture entitled “Pirates’ Treasure Chest”. The artwork is currently on display by the Great Lawn near the concession stand and will remain there for a period of one year before it will be submerged into the water and attached to Lady Luck as part of the Shipwreck Park underwater art exhibition. A ceremony celebrating this artwork will take place at a later date.
Lady Luck is a 324 foot tanker vessel that was sunk on July 23rd, 2016 as an artificial reef 1 ½ miles off Pompano Beach’s shore. This ship is one of the biggest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system and one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation. The ship is the centerpiece of what is known as Shipwreck Park, surrounded by 16 other existing wrecks covered with marine life. Shipwreck Park is a unique underwater cultural arts park with rotating underwater art exhibits. The ship includes specific themes, exciting underwater events, artwork and rotating art exhibits to create a unique dive experience for local and international tourists.
Shipwreck Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation of an underwater park system establishing artificial reefs, utilizing public art to raise awareness of the need to preserve and conserve our natural coral reef system. The purpose of Shipwreck Park Pompano is to develop and protect our coral reefs. For more information on Shipwreck Park, visit https://www.shipwreckparkpompano.org/.