Underwater Art Exhibit in the Maldives

  • Niyama's Subsix is one of the underwater locations where you can see Phantasy Fairytale.

    Niyama's Subsix is one of the underwater locations where you can see Phantasy Fairytale.

  • Andreas Franke's surreal works will be on display underwater.

    Andreas Franke's surreal works will be on display underwater.

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The views from the world’s only underwater spa and nightclub—located, respectively, at sister resorts Huvafen Fushi and Niyama in the Maldives—will be even more fantastic come March, when a series of photo montages by Austrian artist Andreas Franke is submerged in the properties’ lagoons. Titled Phantasy Fairytale, the underwater exhibition will comprise Plexiglas-sealed images of fairytale characters (think Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood) wandering through a dream world of coral gardens. Guests who admire the haunting, surreal works will have the chance to buy them when they come up for air at the end of May; prices are likely to be steep, but with proceeds earmarked for the resorts’ coral regeneration program, it’ll be money well spent. –Christi Hang

This article originally appeared in the December 2013/January 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Water World”)

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