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Recycling unwanted scrap metals into a beautiful, undersea piece of art which can be enjoyed by all of Bonaire’s visitors.


Bonaire is famous for her beautiful and protected underwater environment.

The value placed by Bonaire on protecting the environment is what has kept tourists from all over the world flocking to Bonaire, year after year. Now, some of that beauty and environmental protection will be spilling over into a community-based public art installation at the Hato Traffic Rotary, which traditionally has been a serviceable, albeit not beautiful, piece of land.  But that will all change soon!

Artist and sculptor Mark Ansier will create an undersea landscape in Hato.

The Hato traffic rotary will be the site of artist/sculptor Mark J. Ansier’s monumental sculpture of an underwater scene and diver, the natural subject of choice for an island known as “Diver’s Paradise!” It will be constructed completely out of metals reclaimed from throughout Bonaire. The metals will be recycled and sculpted into a coral garden, turtles, stingrays, tropical fish, topped by one or two divers. Reclaimed metal includes steel which is naturally rusted, coming from cars and buildings, stainless steel and other metals from appliances. Artist Mark says,

“This is the time for art. Collect steel and make a fish! Why not clean up the island and create something beautiful and meaningful on that piece of land?”

— Mark J. Ansier

This sculpture will be a personal memorial to the artist’s son and dive buddy, Matt, who he tragically lost in 2007.

New undersea artwork coming for Bonaire's Hato traffic rotary.When can the Hato Traffic Rotary artwork be viewed?

Work will commence in mid-October with a target completion date before the end of the year.

The entire Bonaire community will be involved.

In order to build the project, Bunita Boneiru, the foundation administering the project, will involve many sectors of the community. Bunita Boneiru believes that it is important to create something of which the entire community of Bonaire can be proud.

  • The collection of waste metal will be a part of an island-wide clean up. Selibon (the waste management institution of Bonaire) will also help by storing old car wrecks and other metal.
  • Welders and students from FORMA (an adult education and vocational school) and the Technical School who are interested in learning the trade will assist Mark. This way they can improve their skills and have better chances on a good job.
  • There will be a garden surrounding the public art installation that is specifically designed and created with “donkey and goat proof” plants in the colors of the Bonairean flag.

The initiating and main sponsors of the project are Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, Den Laman Condominiums and Dive Friends Bonaire in cooperation with Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (Bonaire) N.V. and IVA/Boneiru Nos Orguyo.

Be sure to look for this fantastic new addition when you are next driving around on Bonaire!  This area in Hato is also home to the new Trans World Radio underwater mural, and, with both of these works of art, visitors can enjoy a preview of what they will see when diving or snorkeling on Bonaire.

(Source:  Fundashon Bunita Boneiru)


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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