Atocha Collage by Banning Lary

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detail of coins
hammered copper
The Atocha in a room setting

Art Description

Collage: Metal, Acrylic, Wood on Bronze, Wood, Other.

The Atocha Nuestra Señora de Atocha (Spanish: Our Lady of Atocha) was a Spanish treasure galleon and the most widely-known vessel of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. At the time of her sinking, Nuestra Señora de Atocha was heavily laden with copper, silver, gold, tobacco, gems, and indigo from Spanish ports at Cartagena and Porto Bello in New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama, respectively) and Havana, bound for Spain. The wreck was found by treasure hunter Mel Fisher in 1985 and proved to be the richest bounty ever recovered. I spent many years in my youth diving the Keys and wrecks and have always been enthralled with the blue waters, sandy bottoms and colorful fish. This piece was created on a wooden door wrapped on three places by hammered copper sheets. A handful of copper coins are glued to the surface and painted over representing the Atocha's treasure.




Banning Lary

United States


Size: 36 W x 56 H x 1.3 in

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