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AQUARIUS

Image Size: 45”w x 26.1”h ()

In June 2014, Wyland paid homage to Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, by creating a series of paintings underwater to celebrate Fabien’s ambitious 31-day living experiment aboard the undersea marine laboratory, Aquarius. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of Jacques Cousteau’s similar experiment in the Red Sea to test the effects of saturation diving on the human body. “Jacques Cousteau was a true pioneer in so many ways,” Wyland says. With the support of volunteer divers, Wyland set up an easel and paints beside the Aquarius, an 43-foot long, 81-ton vessel, nine miles off the coast of Key largo, Fla., at a depth of 63 feet. “I figured if I could paint on a 25-story building from scaffolding this shouldn’t be too tough,” Wyland said. “The visibility was good and the sunlight from above illuminated the coral reef around me. The challenge was to paint as much as possible with the air I carried with me. At the end I added some yellow reef fish and signed the painting. I think this is the beginning of a new art form for me.”

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