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

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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