- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A mishap during the lowering of a massive sculpture into the Atlantic caused the replicas of Easter Island statues to be crushed.

The 150-foot-long assemblage of 15 giant heads was being installed Sunday off Deerfield Beach. The barge on which the 300-ton sculptures were erected rolled over and shattered the replicas of Polynesian gods.

The project was intended to create a unique artificial reef and was funded with a half-million-dollar donation from a Boca Raton philanthropist, who let out an anguished moan as the barge begin to list.

An engineer involved in the project told the Sun Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1FIYJik ) the risks were known and workers did their best to pull it off without damage.

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Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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