Fishing boat set on fire and sunk to create an artificial reef in the UK

Sinking a ship might sound like an act of war, but for English artist Simon Faithfull it's an act of artistic expression. For his latest project he towed a small fishing vessel out to sea, set it on fire, and then watched it sink to the bottom of the ocean where it will become an artificial reef. Onboard cameras live-streamed the sinking ship, and will continue to relay images of boat's transformation over the next year.

Before sinking the ship, Faithfull had to get the approval of the approval from arts organisations, conservationists, divers and specialist technicians. While the act of sinking a ship might sound dramatic, the reality can be quite different. “Rather poignantly it took longer for the boat to sink that we thought. Now it is beginning the slow journey of becoming a reef,” Faithfull tells The Independent.

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