SANTIAGO DE CUBA. “Art Beneath The Waves” is an underwater exhibit being prepared here by sculptors Alberto Lescay and Mario Trenard as a gift to the city for its 500th anniversary celebrations.

“Art Beneath The Waves” is an underwater exhibit being prepared here by sculptors Alberto Lescay and Mario Trenard as a gift to the city for its 500th anniversary celebrations.In keeping with marine ecosystem and biodiversity protection, the project, which is part of the city’s Center for National Underwater Cultural and Natural Management and Direction program, will run from June 28 to 30.

The exhibit will open on the sea bed close to the Sierra Mar and Carisol-Los Corales hotels located on the south eastern coastal strip and in the Baconao aquarium where it will be open to the public who visit this facility within the recreational park of the same name.

The exhibit will feature about 10 bronze pieces which reflect the combined efforts of The Committee for the 500 Year Celebrations, The Caguayo Foundation, The Visual Arts Council, The Office of the City´s Conservationist, The Ministry of Culture, the Paradiso agency and the Excelencias Group, among other entities.

Gladys Collazo, president of the National Cultural Heritage Council, and Fernando Brugmam, actingdirector of the UNESCO Latin American Regional Culture Office, view the initiative as part of Cuba´s efforts to conserve such material and spiritual treasures.

There are shipwrecks of the Spanish Admiral Pascual Cercera’s fleet which went down during the naval battle of July 3, 1898 towards the end of the Spanish-American-Cuban- War, off the coast of Santiago de Cuba.

The bay is also home to the San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Fort, a designated World Heritage Site since 1998 and one of the finest examples of a Spanish Military Fortress in all of their former Latin American and Caribbean colonies.

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