4. What are the environmental effects of FOCUS?
The environmental effects of Focus are all positive. Stainless steel is non toxic. Algae forms quickly and becomes the glue for sand and other particles to stick to the surfaces. Next, calcification begins. Barnacles, oysters and other crustaceans along with sponges, soft and hard corals will slowly change the sculptures appearance from starship to starfish. This organic action becomes the food source for the varied marine life that will live within the body of Focus. The interior design will allow for a balanced ecosystem to thrive.
5. How deep will FOCUS be submerged?
Focus at the Miami Beach location will be forty-five feet (14 Meters) deep. Other global locations may slightly vary.
6. Can a scuba diver swim inside of FOCUS?
Yes, Focus is designed for diver interaction and safety. The opening at the top will easily accommodate the largest of divers with full scuba gear. The bottom has a continuous opening large enough for multiple divers to enter and exit simultaneously. Focus has been engineered to allow easy entrance and exit for divers, sea turtles, fish or other swimming mammals.
7. Why drop art or any manmade object into the ocean?
Mostly shipwrecks and other forms of artificial reefs, including art, are created for the promotion of reef development where natural reefs have once been damaged or destroyed. Another purpose is to create additional habitat for fish where none exist, the depletion of fish in our oceans is a critical problem facing us today that needs more public attention. Artificial reefs, although mostly thought of as dive destinations for recreational divers, are also used by scientists who will submerge material into the ocean for marine study. The study of our oceans and the marine environment is essential for sustaining a healthy planet including our human condition. The purpose of Focus is to create a continuos exciting and interesting art project that will entertain and educate the public through a collaborative effort of artists, scientists and the media.
8. If I dont dive, how will I see FOCUS?
There will be an ongoing photo contest at each global location documenting Focus. These photographs will be published in the two Focus table top books, magazine articles and displayed as a part of the Focus traveling exhibit and lecture series. Extensive high definition video production will result in T.V. newscasts, talk shows and documentaries for art, nature, travel and learning channels. DVDs will also be produced along with a dedicated Focus web site.