ARTIFICIAL REEF MODULES DESIGNED
AND CRAFTED TO LOOK AND ACT
LIKE NATURAL REEFS

BIO-PRODUCTIVE MARINE HABITAT
DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT
NEW MARINE LIFE

RESPONSIBLY BUILT REEF STRUCTURES
USING SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

DESIGNED FOR MAXIMUM COLONIZATION
BY MARINE ORGANISMS USING THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF MATERIAL

"We need more responsibly built artificial reefs. The days of dumping junk in the ocean to create marine habitat are over. Artificial reefs today should be designed and crafted structures that, while having enhanced features and exhibiting the influence of man, ultimately must conform to the aesthetic of the natural reef."
Christopher Xavier O'Hare

ABOUT

REEF CELLS ARE A NEW AND UNIQUE SOLUTION TO BIO-MARINE ENHANCEMENT. REEF MODULES DESIGNED TO LOOK AND ACT LIKE NATURAL REEFS, REEF CELLS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SURFACE AREA AND THE LARGEST NUMBER OF INTERCONNECTED VARIED SPACES USING THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF MATERIAL.

Traditional man-made habitat structure has been limited to sinking scuttled ships, obsolete equipment, and previously purposed concrete items; none of these artificial reefs look natural and many appear out of place in the marine environment. Many currently engineered artificial reef designs appear geometric, symmetrical and uniform; these shapes usually conform to the limitations of their fabrication method and usually emphasize ease of construction or deployment rather than compatibility with any natural aesthetic. Even reefs built from piled limestone boulders usually look like a pile of rocks and, given the mass of material used, these rock piles produce very few opportunities for habitat or colonization.

REEF CELLS maximize the productive capacity of the artificial reef by providing many interconnected cavities and internal surfaces exposed to sunlight and water current. The ratio of overall surface area and interconnected interior space to the amount of material used and the minimum sea floor area occupied is the highest of any artificial reef design. The size and spatial organization of the interior voids are designed to provide a specific habitat environment favored by a wide range of varied and diverse marine organisms.

CXOART

Christopher Xavier O'Hare is an American artist and architectural sculptor with works exhibited throughout the United States and on projects from Okinawa Japan to Abu Dhabi UAE. His art studies started in New York and continued throughout Europe. Originally trained as a Architect/Engineer and Landscape Architect, O'Hare switched careers after years of designing commercial and private gardens to devote his full attention to architectural art. He founded Pineapple Grove Designs in Delray Beach Florida in 1988 and offered his work to architects and clients throughout the world. O'Hare's collection of bas-relief and three dimensional sculptures are inspired by plant, animal, geometric and arabesque imagery with references to traditional, historic and contemporary themes. O'Hare's body of work includes commissions by most branches of the Federal Government, State, Municipal and Institutional clients.

O'Hare's concern for environmental issues led him to a parallel career in bio-marine enhancement. He has several U.S. Patents for his inventions in this field and he currently builds artificial reef modules known as REEF CELLS. O'Hare has provided these without profit to foundations and government agencies and has multiple deployments throughout South Florida. Most recently O'Hare has made the resources of his art studio, known as CXOART, available to REEF CELLS in a joint venture with Miami Body Casting for the purpose of building an Art Reef in the near shore waters of Fort Lauderdale Florida. The reef, to be known as 1000 Mermaids Reef will be funded by contributions from people who love the ocean and want to help the environment by participating in the creation of a very bio-productive artificial reef that will also be fun to visit.

"1000 Mermaids Reef project has given me an opportunity to realize my objectives as an artist while pursuing my love of creating artificial reefs. Art strengthens the bond between people. Reef art strengthens our bond with the environment. The 1000 Mermaids Reef will bring attention to the importance of coral reefs, provide much needed habitat for marine life and be a fun place for people to visit and connect with the natural environment." Christopher Xavier O'Hare

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Reefs
October 31 - November 4, 2018 - 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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PROCESS

multiple layers are locked together to create uniquely organic reef cell forms
RESULTING IN INCREASED oportunities for habitat enhancement
AND A GREATER diver experience

REEF CELLS start out with a heavy irregularly shaped concrete base which provides both support to the upper structure and resistance to the dynamic forces found in the ocean. Multiple layers of free formed, concrete "veneers" are assembled around a concrete column designed to add rigidity and facilitate lifting the finished structure into place. The completed structure is then coated with a crushed calcium carbonate and cement mix designed to encourage colonization by attaching organisms.

Ballast base provides resistance to dynamic forces and stability against movement.
A central column ties the layers together and provides a central lifting point for ease of deployment.
Multiple layers of undulating forms connect to form crevases, tunnels, chambers and ledges. Each layer is perforated to facilitate water movement and allow sunlight to reach interior spaces.
reef cells are delivered to their final destination using a diver directed placement system that assures surrounding natural reefs are protected from risk Inherent in "push overboard deployments"

OBJECTIVE

ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT

REEF CELLS' goal is marine enhancement designed to provide species specific habitat and optimized substrate for colonization by attaching organisms while preserving the natural marine aesthetic. Natural reefs benefit by experiencing reduced stress typically caused by frequent diver visits because REEF CELLS provide an alternative natural underwater attraction and dive experience thus drawing human activity away from more sensitive nearby natural reefs.

INCREASED TOURISM

Divers prefer natural reef formations. The complexity and intense productiveness of REEF CELLS increase their attractiveness to divers. Marketing and social media opportunities increase awareness of this recreational asset while strengthening an area's "brand" as a unique diving destination.

ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT

Reef tourism provides significant economic benefit throughout local economies. Boat charters, dive shops, hotels, restaurants, car rentals, travel companies and many other tourist industry businesses benefit from a healthy and robust diver destination. The economic benefits of a continue to provide positive repercussions in other market sectors that support tourism.

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Photo Credits: Boynton deployment & Peanut Island by Pinnacle - Phil Foster Park by DERM - Others by Christopher O'Hare

Video Title: 1-REEF CELLS - Phil Foster Park, FL
Credits: Stephanie Gooch YouTube Channel
Video Title: 2-REEF CELLS - Phil Foster Park, FL
Credits: chiefsaggy YouTube Channel
Video Title: 6-REEF CELLS - Blue Heron Bridge, FL
Credits: Joshua Osteen YouTube Channel
Video Title: 7-REEF CELLS - Night Dive, Blue Heron Bridge, FL
Credits: Brian Skibo YouTube Channel
Video Title: 8-REEF CELLS - Blue Heron Bridge, FL
Credits: Porschelyne Makowski YouTube Channel
Video Title: 9-REEF CELLS - Scuba Diving at Blue Heron Bridge, FL
Credits: David Cubit YouTube Channel
Video Title: 10-REEF CELLS - Dive at Blue Heron Bridge, FL
Credits: Treasure Coast Photography YouTube Channel
Video Title: 4-REEF CELLS - Fish discover mirror on REEF CELL
Credits: Tim Harrell YouTube Channel
Video Title: REEF CELLS - Truck Transport to Port of Boynton Beach
Credits: REEF CELLS YouTube Channel

These videos are a portion of the original videos posted by the above mentioned owners. They are posted here to identify the REEF CELL modules on display.

IN THE MEDIA

THE COASTAL STAR - NEWS

Along the Coast: Sculptor’s artificial reefs ready for divers


Christopher O’Hare first started worrying about the fish in Lake Worth Lagoon when he moved to Ocean Ridge in 1992 and saw the sea walls that had replaced the native mangroves that grew at water’s edge.
“Mangroves provide ideal habitats for fish. It’s one of the big issues facing environmental management of Lake Worth Lagoon,” O’Hare said.
The mangrove’s long, tangled...
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THE COASTAL STAR - NEWS

REEF CELLS to be deployed at Phil Foster Park


New REEF CELL modules ready for deployment at the Blue Heron Bridge dive area. Come snorkel in 8' of clear protected water just off the beach at Phil Foster Park. This spot is a favorite dive sight in Palm Beach County.
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cbs 12 - NEWS

Privately-backed artificial reef CELL honors avid salt water enthusiast


Out of tragedy-- something positive for the community. A Jupiter family is sinking an artificial reef, in memory of a young man who was killed while snorkeling last summer.
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CBS 12-NEWS Reef Cells

NEWS CHANNEL 5 - WPTV

Reef Cells builds new reef inmemory of florida sporstman


It's been nearly one year since Andrew Harris died while snorkeling at the Jupiter Inlet. Now his parents are one step away from honoring him with artificial reefs in the waters Harris loved. Chris O'Hare directs traffic outside his Boynton Beach warehouse. Crews at Reef Cells are assembling wavy, bumpy sheets of concrete into an artificial coral reefs. WPTV NewsChannel 5 - COVERAGE

News Channel 5 Reef Cells


NEWS CHANNEL 5 - WPTV

Artificial reef CELLS to honor snorkeler struck by boat


One year after Jupiter resident Andrew Harris loses his life in a diving accident, community members pay tribute to his legacy in a very deep way. "Everybody reacts to tragedy in their own way," says Scott Harris, Andrew's father. "This was my way to do it." The 26-year-old died in a snorkeling accident last June. WPTV NewsChannel 5 - COVERAGE

News Channel 5 Reef Cells

CCA-Coastal Conservation Association

Building Conservation Trust joins effort to create new angling, diving destination


Reef Cells is proud to join Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) in supporting the creation of the Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation Reef. From the very beginning of this project, Reef Cells has worked with everyone to insure this project is an environmental success and a great dive experience. All Reef Cell modules has been built in the Reef Cell facility in Boynton Beach at the huge sculpture studio of Chris O'Hare. Mr. O'Hare has personally supervised every aspect of construction and his guiding design influence and hands-on direction has brought this project to completion on time and on budget. All that is left at the time of this writing is to transport the Reef Cell modules by truck to the Port of Palm Beach where they will be loaded onto a seagoing barge for final deployment offshore from Jupiter, Florida. Deployment is expected to take place in mid August.
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guy harvey magazine

UPDATE: Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Reef


Guy Harvey Magazine The Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation is set to deploy an artificial Reef Cells off the coast of Jupiter as a memorial to Andrew Harris, who was killed while snorkeling last year. The reef, which is tentatively scheduled to be sunk Aug. 19, will be made of 40 “reef cells” modeled after Bahamian coral heads, and will cost about $100,000.

Palm Beach County will permit the reef to be placed at the site, about 3.5 miles off the Jupiter Inlet in 88-foot-deep water, and oversee its construction and long-term maintenance, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. The reef will cover a 350-by-150-foot area.
“Nothing is ever going to replace Andrew, but it’s an effort to honor his memory in a way that will benefit the community as his life would have,” said Andrew’s father, Scott Harris, the foundation’s president. READ FULL ARTICLE

LOCATIONS

*Locations listed identify Reef Cells prototypes shown on Gallery and Videos
*When on top of map scroll on left or right side or with side bar

Peanut Island, Palm Beach County, FL (Map)
Phil Foster Park, Palm Beach County, FL (Map)
Ocean Inlet Park, Palm Beach County, FL (Map)
Firehock Memorial, Palm Beach County, FL (Map)
(future location site near) ZionTrain Bow, Palm Beach County, FL (Map)

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