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‘Coral Greenhouse’ Installation Imminent


‘Coral Greenhouse’ Installation Imminent

Media Release

Monday, 9th December 2019


The final installation in Stage One of the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) will be submerged off John Brewer Reef this week, after the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved a Marine Park Permit.

MOUA Board Chair Paul Victory thanked the GBRMPA for its efforts and said it’s a momentous milestone for the project.

“The ‘Coral Greenhouse’ installation is an incredible piece of work by the world’s leading marine sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. It is his first-ever underwater building and at 12 metres high, the botanical structure has been one of his most challenging but exciting works to date,” Mr Victory said.

“Weighing around 58 tonnes, the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ has taken more than nine months of fabrication time. It integrates floating elements into the design work, along with coral propagation.

“Townsville based EDMS Australia did a brilliant job fabricating the ‘Coral Greenhouse’, which is currently on a barge on its way out to John Brewer Reef.

“The GBRMPA has worked tirelessly with the MOUA Board to get approvals over the line and we thank them for their efforts.”

The ‘Coral Greenhouse’ was made using high grade 316 stainless steel, pH neutral marine grade cement and zinc anodes in the construction.

Mr Victory said it also has more than 20 ‘Reef Guardian’ sculptures, many of local school students, and coral garden beds.

“A key challenge in creating this piece is that it needs to be able to withstand wave pressures and cyclones, while creating a work that is visible to both divers and snorkellers,” Mr Victory said.

“Last week the first Stage One installation, ‘Ocean Siren’, was erected off the Strand to an absolutely brilliant response. We can’t wait to see the global reaction to the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ which is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.”

Post installation of the ‘Coral Greenhouse’, plans are to allow visitation as the tourist season starts in April 2020.

Stage One of the MOUA has been made possible through a Queensland Government grant.


The MOUA Board is thrilled with support provided from many community sectors across North Queensland and would like to recognise the contributions from Traditional Owners, the Wulgurukaba people, the efforts of Townsville Enterprise Ltd, support from science institutions such as James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the North Queensland tourism industry and arts communities and importantly MOUA’s corporate partners without whom the project would never have been initiated.

We acknowledge the support of both the Townsville City Council and the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council.




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