We sometimes complain when we have to endure an art exhibition in heels, but we can't imagine how it must feel to peruse an art gallery in full scuba gear.

Photographer Andreas Frank dove down to the Vandenberg, a United States missile tracking ship that had sunk off the coast of Key West, Florida, in 2009. He used these images from the wreckage as a canvas for an underwater world that never was, digitally manipulating a surreal civilization on board the ship. In this mythical oasis, children catch fish instead of butterflies, while others still can't tear themselves away from the television, even underwater.

To show his exhibition, dubbed "The Vandenberg: Life Below the Surface," Frank returned to the site of the original photographs, turning the sunken ship into an unorthodox gallery. Gallery goers dove underwater seven miles off the coast of Florida to see the sunken world in its native habitat.

Check out footage from the exhibition and see the images themselves in the slideshow below.

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  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

  • Vandenburg Project

    Andreas Franke used a montage of underwater photographs from the sunken Vandenberg together with studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life, thus creating a new, sunken, forgotten world. A no man's land hovering somewhere between the past and the present. A world covered with diffuse, hazy marine veils, a gloomy world which is as confusing as it is fascinating. This was the world Andreas Franke wanted to share with the one above. <em>To see more of this project by Andreas Franke's, please visit <a href="www.thesinkingworld.com" target="_hplink">The Sinking World</a>. </em>

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