Tribute to Royal Navy divers by artist Mark Richards

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The fine art of surfacing -  Artist Mark Richards has gone to extraordinary lengths to create a lifelike 'floating' sculpture in tribute to Royal Navy mine and bomb clearance divers to be installed at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth next year.<br />
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In an attempt to replicate the feeling of being submerged Mark suspended himself with ropes and pulleys, photographed a Navy drysuit in a local swimming pool, and reproduced in minute detail all the equipment used by brave service personnel in their perilous work.<br />
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The completed sculpture will now be scaled up to 1.25 life size and cast in bronze at Morris Singer foundry in Hampshire.