Sculptures

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In 2018, Vince Tatum was chosen as one of seven artist to create a sculpture for the nation's first underwater museum with his design, the SWARA Skull. Vince Tatum’s career as an Art Director and Production Designer in the film industry, along with being a NAUI Dive Master, make “the UMA project a diver’s dream.” Standing 8 feet tall, “SWARA Skull” has stainless teeth, nasal cavity and eye sockets, which are the shape of Southern Stingrays. The dome of the skull is cast of clean cement embedded with limestone to attract corals. “For a diver, one of the most exciting things to do is shine your dive-light in a dark hole and see who is staring back at you,” said Tatum. “A large skull covered in coral and marine growth, teeming with life, makes for one hell of a photo-op.”

In 2019, Vince was chosen again to take part in the Underwater Museum of Art with his creation X.Muta. He payed homage to one of mother nature’s most amazing creations found on coral reefs, The Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia muta) with his sculpture, X.MUTA. Vince explains, “My goal is to imitate mother nature’s blueprint as best I can, but with clean sprayed cement over rebar. I’ll leave the cement in its organic blown state, to mimic the ebbs and flows of the surface of a sponge, and to give X.muta the properties that make the Giant Barrel Sponge such an attractive and accommodating host to marine life.”

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