When you embark on a 5-night, 6-day sailing adventure along the Gulf Coast of Florida, you expect to see the sugar sand beaches and blue green water of the Gulf of Mexico. What you don’t expect to find is the likeness of a 108-foot woman skinny dipping in a marina. She’s my entry for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge this week.
In 2012, George Barber, billionaire art patron and owner of the marina, commissioned Mark Cline, a self-taught sculptor, to design this unusual floating lady. Already well known for the whimsical creations formed in his Enchanted Castle Studios, the Virginia artist built the fiberglass sculpture, inserted giant styrofoam blocks inside her head and knees and gently splashed her in a pond at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL. Later, she was trucked down the the Alabama gulf coast and placed in the corner of the Barber Marina, where she could greet all the visiting crews. Mark Cline christened her “Country Girl Skinny Dipping,” but locals call her “Lady in the Lake.”
My husband and I had a chance to see her when we took our Catalina 22 “Seanachai” on the 20th Annual C-22 Northern Gulf Coast Cruise (NGCC). A YouTube video series highlights our adventures, this episode includes our visit to Barber Marina.