SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) -- A former World War II warship that got
a new life as an artificial reef is now an underwater art gallery.
The USS Mohawk CGC was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico about 30
miles off Sanibel Island about a year ago. This month, 12 images by Austrian
photographer Andreas Franke have been installed inside the sunken ship.
The photographs will remain on display through Sept. 14.
Each image is encased in steel-framed Plexiglas, but tiny marine organisms are
expected to find a way into the frames, giving the images a unique patina.
For the project, Franke superimposed images of models in
World War II clothing onto original photographs.
Lee County tourism officials say the 165-foot Mohawk
launched attacks against German U-boats and rescued 300 survivors from a