Jan 30, 2013
We've seen some pretty unique art exhibitions here at Abduzeedo, like underwater sculptures, for one. But I would never guess I'd see a exhibition of images underwater. Great idea, great design.
The "Stavronikita Project: The Life Above Refined Below" is super awesome exhibit done by the Staudinger Franke studio from Vienna. It consists in underwater pictures of the sunken Stavronikita, with a little spice: the nobles of the eighteenth century.
The SS Stavronikita lies at the bottom of the ocean at 13.8 N, 59.38 W, right off the Caribbean island of Barbados. It is the spot Andreas Franke has discovered and chosen to stage a game full of overflowing decadence and exuberance.
Three young ladies court gossip during a lavish picnic, accompanied by eminently trimmed and trained poodles. A woman in a blue dress obliviously indulges in a piece of cake, surrounded by an extravagant amount of overelaborate pastries and confectionaries. It is a typical image of Rococo: disgraceful, self-indulgent and immoderate.
Andreas Franke presents you with one of the most flashing and flamboyant epochs of European style and cultural history in the midst of a scenery, in which nature displays all of its own abundance and prodigality.
A great vision and execution by these guys. For more of their work, please visit their portfolio at Behance. Cheers! ;)
Underwater exhibition on SS Stavronikita / Barbados