When will Underwater Pavilions be open to the public?

The installation was open to the public from December 4, 2016 until January 31, 2017.


Do you have to be scuba certified to explore the pavilions?

You can access the pavilions by swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you are not certified, it is recommended to have a dive lesson with a certified instructor and secure a guide and gear rental before exploring the pavilions.


Is this related to Doug Aitken: Electric Earth?

The installation coincided with Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, Aitken’s 20-year North American survey exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

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What materials were used to create the installation?

The kaleidoscopic structures are made from carefully researched materials, including glass mirrors and hand-carved composite designed to foster marine growth with a goal of “interactivity.” Eventually the now-pristine surfaces may begin to host sea life, becoming part of the living marine ecosystem and potentially serving as an artificial reef.


How were the pavilions designed and installed to be ocean-friendly?

Doug Aitken’s studio consulted closely with Parley's network of marine experts, scientists, and engineers, including renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and submarine builder Liz Taylor, for the design of the three underwater sculptures. The installation site, located just outside a marine protected area, was selected after a video survey of the dive park conducted by local expert Bill Bushing. Other consultants include Westerly Marine, Avalon Harbor Patrol, and local mooring services.


Is the installation permanent?

The three underwater sculptures were temporarily moored off the coast of Catalina Island, the first destination for Doug Aitken Workshop’s collaboration with Parley. The future trajectory and location installations of the sculptures will be informed with guidance from local experts and the Parley network of marine scientists.


How can I join the movement to protect the oceans?

Head to and to learn more about Parley for the Oceans and ways to get involved.


How do I engage on social media?


Instagram:  @dougaitkenworkshop