Scuba diver looking at the "Christ of the Abyss" bronze sculpture at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Key Largo, Florida

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    Local call number: COM00535

    Corporate Author: Florida. Division of Tourism.

    Title: Scuba diver looking at the "Christ of the Abyss" bronze sculpture at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park : Key Largo, Florida.

    Date: 19--.

    Physical descrip: 1 slide : col.

    Series Title: (Department of Commerce collection. Series/Collection number: S 1047, Publicity photographs, 1940-1996 ; Box 1, FF21.)

    General Note: The Christ of the Abyss is a 9-foot bronze statue located on the ocean floor at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. It is a cast, made by Egidio Cressi, of the original created by Guido Galletti in Italy in 1954. The cast was donated to the Underwater Society of America. Florida Senator Spessard Holland volunteered Pennekamp State Park to display the statue. On 25 August 1965, Cothon Construction Company (of Islamorada) lowered the statue into water at the park, and it was dedicated on 29 June 1966.
    The park is located on U.S. Highway 1 three miles north of Key Largo at mile marker 102.5. The Florida Park Service first acquired the park property in 1959. This was the nation's first underwater park. It was named for Miami Herald newspaper editor John D. Pennekamp whose efforts contributed to the establishment of Everglades National Park as well as preservation of the area that would become the park named for him.

    Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850-245-6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us

    Persistent URL: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/91393

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    1. Enrico Sanavio 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called OneOfMyPics - post1&award2 -, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
      great shot! enrico

    2. Rodrigo Díaz Lupanow 72 months ago | reply

      demasiado buena, felicidades!!!

    3. Roberto Alcantara [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Intense, really nice.

    4. c a r c h a r o d o n 71 months ago | reply

      wow! I know only the original statue located in italy (san fruttuoso)
      it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristo_degli_abissi
      ciao.

    5. das auge ! off [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wishes and dreams ♥♥♥♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. State Library and Archives of Florida 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you, c a r c h a r o d o n!

      Here is a picture of sculptor Egidio Cressi in Italy, creating the cast from Guido Galletti’s 1954 original.

    7. El troje 70 months ago | reply

      Fantástica

    8. carllagalrao 68 months ago | reply

      Fabulooooooooooooooosa

    9. Alicia Stamm 68 months ago | reply

      awesome! i want to go there

    10. Jack Wai 68 months ago | reply

      Nice capture and it's funny, the expression of the diver.

    11. tapmito 63 months ago | reply

      I did this dive a couple of years ago and it was awesome!

    12. Andrea Costa Creative 61 months ago | reply

      Great!!!
      If you have a story to tell this is the right group
      You are welcome
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      This is Award and Invite
      Post 1, and award 3

      Please if you have 10 award you put the photo in the tread

    13. tenfeetsquare 59 months ago | reply

      I love the colors on this picture.

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