Haunting, captivating, surreal, intriguing are words used to describe the magical art photography of Andreas Franke, whose images of the U.S.S. Vandenberg and the World War II U.S Mohawk off Key West and Sanibel Island, respectively, now beautiful artificial reefs, have brought “new life” to the undersea world of shipwrecks. The creations of this Austrian photographer have inspired people the world over and his work has been seen by millions.


This one of a kind art is coming to the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Today, the wondrous art from these two Florida projects rests silently, awaiting the moment it will be unveiled to bring life from beneath the waves into the sunlight. On July 25th, during the Bugfest-by-the-Sea event, the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea will open an exhibition of “The Sinking World of Andreas Franke” with a public reception. Frame ‘N Art by the Sea will host the exhibit in an intimate gallery at 229 Commercial Boulevard. The art will remain on display for the town’s summer events into September, with a closing reception attended by Andreas Franke during Mermaids-by-the-Sea and the World Record dive attempt of Allen Sherrod.