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Fort Lauderdale artists turning models into 1,000 mermaids | Video

Fort Lauderdale artists turning models into 1,000 mermaids | Video

On weekends, mermaid Chloe Landazabal can be spotted through the underwater portholes at B Ocean’s Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, swimming in her shell-bikini top and fishtail. But this summer, you’ll spot Landazabal on the ocean floor, her likeness captured in a sunken mermaid sculpture.

The 21-year-old is one of many local models turned into mermaids by Fort Lauderdale artists Ernest Vasquez and Sierra Rasberry, whose 1,000 Mermaids Project aims to build off the city’s coast an artificial reef park filled with water-nymph sculptures perched on limestone rocks.

“I’m just in awe that my mermaid sculpture will help the environment,” says Landazabal, of Coconut Creek, who...

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