An underwater greenhouse on the seabed 50 miles off Townsville, Queensland is creating a new habitat for marine life. The greenhouse was created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor as part of the Museum of Underwater Art and sits in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the John Brewer Reef.
DeCaires Taylor created sculptures of workbenches filled with gardening tools inside the sunken pavilion, which are each designed to be a refuge for different species of wildlife. Small fish can escape predators by hiding in the gaps of gridded elements, and there are niches for octopuses and sea urchins to hide in. The beams of the Coral Greenhouse are designed to be a convenient place for fish to feed or congregate about in shoals.
Photo: Richard Woodgett