Agree with PM.
Its nice to see an Artist do something 'nice' for the photographers and the Postcards (tourism for the local area via the LDS's).
But really, is it really designed to benefit the local aquatic inhabitants, let alone the local ecosystem??
After this - will it benefit the Fishing and SpearFishning Industries down the track??
I think it is 'nice' to see such works and have ashes 'buried' at sea - but are these just more misrepresentations/exploitations of those magical two words "Artificial Reefs"
Currently north of Sydney off a beach called Avoca, hundreds of people turned up to support the sinking (dumping?) of a X-naval ship that has had some opposition from the local surfers and what-not. Again at first, the use of the words 'Artificial Reef' came into being, but it always proves to show that the true intention is TOURISM
There is no guarrantee that every 'Dive Site' ship sunk turns into an Artificial Reef - many don't attain any growth at all.
I'm pretty sure Artists, Designers, Scientists, Researchers, etc can put their heads together and create an Artificial Reef that puts the Aquatic Life and Ecosystem first before catering to just 'shallow' Dive-Site'ing.
Also, if OH&S deems all 'dumped' X-ships are to be scrapped of any 'dangerous' peices, attachments, etc that prevent 'safe' swim-thrus for the upcoming Divers - then shouldn't other Wrecks (like the Lermie) be made 'unsafe' ?