24° 27.30' N
81° 52.00' W
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Since being built and placed in 1992, this unusual grouping is a work of art still in progress. Once positioned, the Florida Keys marine life began to quickly attach to the individually designed pieces of the sculpture.
Over the years, the statue has become more encrusted. This natural beautification process has increased it's size and added to it's overall shape and character.
This Key West artificial reef consists of 10 individual steel pieces, each weighing approximately 6 tons and supported by steel legs. These supports keep the pieces elevated above the ocean floor as they stretch over an area of about 200 feet.
The various portions of the statue have also been designed with different forms in mind. Some are flat resembling a table, and have the shapes of the constellations cut into their surfaces.
Another has the shape of a large circle. This piece has cross beams which adds to it's resemblance of a mandala. This is a very appropriate design choice as these ancient symbols often represent the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, and include the symbolism of friends, family, and community.
Another piece which the artist refers to as "The Arrow" has the Little Dipper's constellation cut into it's form. This section of the statue points due west, and is raised 5 feet off the ocean floor by it's steel legs.
The unusual shape Ann Lorraine Labriola created is what draws visitors to the area. It appears even more unusual and spectacular from the air. It has been compared to the shape of a bird, and even to an unusual looking navigational device, perhaps used by aliens.