Statues of famous people, removed from their pedestals, will become the newest attraction for divers near Bulgaria's Black Sea capital Varna.
The idea can be realized this summer by submerging a few
busts, including those of Lenin and Georgi Dimitrov, Orlin Tsanev, from the Association
of "Black Sea Dive Odessos" told Darik radio.
One year ago, Tsanev realized another one of his dreams –
to sink the plane used by Bulgaria's former communist dictator, Todor Zhivkov,
in the waters of the Black Sea.
The underwater sculpture alley will be near the
plane-turned-artificial-reef close to the shoreline of the St. St. Konstantin
and Elena resort, north of Varna. Tsanev says the Association has already
acquired several sculptures from local museums.
The Varna underwater exhibit, however, would not be
unique, not even for the Black Sea, since there is one near the shore of
Crimea, called "Alley of the Leaders," featuring statues of Lenin,
Stalin, Brezhnev, Pushkin, and Tchaikovsky, among 50 others.
Despite the fact that such diving attraction would require
permits from at least 4 institutions, "Black Sea Dive Odessos" are
determined to realize the idea.
Tsanev further says there are plans to submerge another
transportation vehicle much more impressive than Zhivkov's plane, but declined
elaborating on details.
The plane has turned into the biggest diving attraction of
Varna and has been visited just in summer 2011 by 700 divers, including entire
families and elderly people.
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