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Aqua Art Preserved

Pieces of art, altered by the Gulf of Mexico are preserved for display in gallery.
(WBBH) Pieces of art, altered by the Gulf of Mexico, went through a final step to lock-in the look that nature created.

This was not a typical job for McGregor Auto Body and Detail.   

"We've done a lot of weird things," said the shop's owner Jim Didio. "This is definitely probably one of the strangest."

His team put a clear coat on the thirteen pieces which make up the "The Sinking World: The Mohawk Project."

The clear coat locks in what's underneath. In this case, the goal is to preserve the marine organisms that grew on the plexiglass while the art was underwater for four months. 

"We're talking about algae and the beginnings of barnacles or oysters," said Mike Campbell. He's a marine biologist who has seen this project come full circle.  

He was part of the original team of divers that traveled 28 miles into the Gulf to place the art on the USS Mohawk wreck. Campbell returned to the site with the artist Andreas Franke earlier this month.  

Since Franke is back home in Austria, Campbell is responsible for the art. He made sure the final clear coat went on as planned. 

"If we put a gloss on there that makes it look brand new, or hides some of the details that were created when it was underwater then we're reversing the process, and I don't want to do that," Campbell said.  

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