Welcome aboard the world's first underwater art gallery: Wacky sculptures including a fake casino with an octopus craps dealer feature on 324ft-ship sunk off Florida coast

  • Former New York City environmental 324-foot tanker ship was sunk 120 feet underwater in Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • One of the biggest contributions to Florida's artificial reef system and centrepiece of dive attraction Shipwreck Park
  • Local artist has decorated ship with fake casino for the ship deck that features poker tables, card sharks and more
  • It is expected to draw 35,000 divers annually, with local dive operators offering diving tours to the wreck

There's a new art exhibition on display in Florida - but you'll have to scuba dive to get there.

The world's first underwater art gallery was launched on Saturday when New York City environmental tanker ship Lady Luck was sunk - complete with whimsical pieces of art on its deck - in the hopes of attracting thousands of divers.

The 324-foot boat rests in the sand 120 feet underwater in Greater Fort Lauderdale, which is home to the largest collection of warm-water wrecks. 

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Watch out for card sharks: A former New York City environmental tanker ship, Lady Luck, has been purposefully sunk off the coast of Florida to contribute to the artificial re ef - and it even includes a fake casino

Anyone for a drink? The ship, the length of a football field and complete with whimsical pieces of art such as this mermaid waitress on its deck, was scuttled one mile from the Pompano Beach fishing pier on Saturday

Hard at work: The 324-foot boat rests in the sand 120 feet underwater in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Lucky numbers: Surrounded by 16 other existing wrecks already covered with marine life, Lady Luck is one of the biggest contributions to Florida's artificial reef system and is the centrepiece of Shipwreck Park, an underwater dive attraction and cultural arts park

All arms on deck: Noted Greater Fort Lauderdale ar tist Dennis MacDonald was hired to create several fun and fanciful displays in his Pompano Beach facility, including a faux casino for the ship deck which features poker tables, slot machines and an octopus craps dealer

Fancy trying your luck? 'Shipwreck Park, with Lady Luck as its centrepiece, will be a major dive site and underwater arts park for divers locally and worldwide,' said Shipwreck Park chairman Greg Harrison

Down she goes: Lady Luck was successfully scuttled and her hull now rests in the sand in about 120 feet of water with the top of her stack reaching about 50 feet under the surface

Scuttled one mile from the Pompano Beach fishing pier on Saturday, the ship is the length of a football field.

Lady Luck is one of the bi ggest contributions to Florida's artificial reef system, which features 16 other existing wrecks already covered with marine life, and is the centrepiece of what will become Shipwreck Park, an underwater dive attraction and cultural arts park. 

Reachable via a ten-minute boat ride from Hillsboro Inlet, it is one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the country.

Lady Luck was successfully scuttled and her hull now rests in the sand in about 120 feet of water with the top of her stack reaching about 50 feet under the surface. 

Noted Greater Fort Lauderdale artist Dennis MacDonald was hired to create several fun and fanciful displays in his Pompano Beach facility, including a faux casino for the ship deck which features poker tables, slot machines, a cascade of gigantic dice, an octopus craps dealer, card sharks and a mermaid cocktail waitress. 

Additional ship features for divers to explore include the ship's 16 staterooms, the captain's deck, galley, engine room and tanker holding bays. There are also plans to sink additional pieces of art on the deck.

Into the deep: Additional ship features for divers to explore include the ship's 16 staterooms, the captain's deck, galley, engine room and tanker holding bays. There are also plans to sink additional pieces of art on the deck

Poker face: The significant marine attraction 'will help preserve the reef ecosystem by reducing pressure on natural coral reefs nearby'

Roll away: Lady Luck is expected to draw 35,000 divers annually, with local dive operators offering diving tours to the wreck

Lady Luck is expected to draw 35,000 divers annually, with local dive operators including offering diving tours to the wreck.  

'Shipwreck Park, with Lady Luck as its cent repiece, will be a major dive site and underwater arts park for divers locally and worldwide,' said Shipwreck Park, Inc. chairman Greg Harrison.

'This significant marine attraction will help preserve the reef ecosystem by reducing pressure on natural coral reefs nearby.'  


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