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A woman relaxes in front of windows displaying Andreas Franke’s underwater “Phantasy Fairytale” photos at Niyama resort in the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean.

(Photo: courtesy of Per Aquum resorts)

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In pictures: resorts host underwater art show

Yahoo! Travel
March 13, 2014

Two luxury resorts in the Maldives will be showcasing underwater works from photo artist Andreas Franke’s “Phantasy Fairytale” through May. Huvafen Fushi and Niyama are sister properties in the posh Per Aquum collection, where rooms start at about $600 a night. The art is visible from Subsix, Niyama’s underwater music club, and Huvafen Fushi’s Lime spa, also below sea level.

Two photo shoots were necessary to create each fantasy-themed piece, one using an underwater backdrop and the other taken in a studio with real-life models. The superimposed images are encased in Plexiglas and stainless-steel frames, and divers put each piece — priced from $15,000 to $12,000 — in place per Franke’s specifications.

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