/environmental artist

Artist Louis Dalmau
Artist Louis Dalmau
Artist Louis Dalmau

Dalmau's surrealism grew not only on his canvases but by transforming itself to display in a totally surrealistic environment, underwater.
Dalmau is the creator of the world's first underwater art gallery, Dalmau's ARTificial Reef.

 

This truly surrealistic endeavor was immediately recognized as a work of art, not only for it's artistic value but for it's contribution to the environment.  
This beautifully massive combination of paintings and sculpture would also serve as an artificial reef, enhancing the quality of the water as well as becoming a thriving marine community. 

 

Scuba divers and art enthusiasts were given a surrealistic playground as well as an environmental fantasy, the merger of art and nature. "I created artwork which is what I do, now in it's new home another artist, nature, will collaborate in the metamorphosis of this ongoing exhibit. The colors and texture will come alive as corals, algae and filter feeders grow on the original work."  (Louis Dalmau)


An artist's dream, his brush and nature worked together to give us an underwater Art Gallery. Thirty-five tons of rough, culvert pipes were turned into the artist's canvas creating an artistic fantasy under the water's surface along with five concrete sculptured ballerinas that will swim throughout time.

Dalmau a newcomer to the South Florida Art scene was given an  incomparable acknowledgment by  South Florida Magazine.

Dalmau was featured  in  the category of art in the 88 for 88 issue.

This tribute was dedicated to 88 outstanding achievers  in various categories.

The city of Miami Beach also honored Louis with the key to the city for his unparalleled artwork, and his  contribution to the rebirth of the City of Miami Beach and it's surroundings.

 

Recognition of Dalmau's work gained vast media coverage.

Soon to follow were Television appearances, newspaper and magazine coverage and countless radio interviews.

Dalmau's work was on display in major galleries as well as in public places.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Thirty-five tons of rough, culvert pipes were turned into the artist's canvas.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The pipes, trucks, cranes and manpower were donated by the City of Miami Beach trough the efforts of Mayor Alex Daud.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Delivery at the outdoor area of Dalmau's studio.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Dalmau accepting delivery at the outdoor area of his studio.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Louis explains to Linda Van Buren while filming for a documentary to air on PBS

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The ballerinas were cast in concrete with galvanized steel reinforcement.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The pipes were painted with air brush then covered in a special non yellowing marine epoxy.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The finished product must now be transported to a hydraulic barge.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The project is approaching it's final stages.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

This was an important day for the member's of the media that covered the project from it's conception.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Here the artwork will be loaded on to the barge. The deployment of the project is the following day.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Here the artwork will be loaded on to the barge. The deployment of the project is the following day.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Louis and photojournalist and renowned under water photographer Flip Shulky. Shulky filmed underwater during the deployment documenting the placement of the art.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The final destination for the artwork was only 16 feet from the shore. A boat was available for the media and the artist to facilitate filming.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The first piece of art is about to submerge in the water. You could hear the barge playfully sounding it's horn and the crowd applauding.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The main diver and underwater supervisor was Richard Kirshen. Louis was honored to have him participate.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

The divers in place and splashdown after splashdown, you could see the project coming to life from the adjacent pier.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

What started as a dream was becoming a reality before the artist's eyes.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Dalmau's ARTificial reef was finally a reality.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

With much appreciation Louis received the Key To the City of Miami Beach.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Thanks to the efforts of Gina Perez, Public Relations coordinator for the project the project received an extensive amount of coverage.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Media Coverage

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

Louis extending his gratitude to The Newport Holiday Inn. The main monetary sponsor and the host of the all day festivities.

Dalmau's Artificial Reef
Dalmau's Artificial Reef

In this final interview Louis thanks all the sponsors that were an integral part of making the project a reality.

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