Underwater view showing "Christ of the Abyss" sculpted statue at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida.

Underwater view showing "Christ of the Abyss" sculpted statue at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/91359
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Title

  • Underwater view showing "Christ of the Abyss" sculpted statue at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida.

Image Number

  • COM00501

Year

  • 1988

Date Note

  • Photographed in February 1988.

Series Title

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.

Creator

Physical Description

  • 1 slide - col.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject


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