Photos by Bob Evans
November 16, 2017 – April 30, 2018
An Exhibit of unique historical, educational, scientific, political and
artistic value. Includes extraordinary images taken by Bob Evans beneath
the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel between 1974 and
During this time, Bob Evans was among the first to photo-document the
marine life propagating on the platform legs. These marine communities
have since become some of the most productive in the world.
“Bob Evans has captured the surreal nature of underwater life clinging to
the oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel in a manner that is larger
than life. Never before have we seen such enchanting imagery provoking
the urgency to preserve the marvel of nature.” – Emily Falke, Curator
and Deputy Director Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Premiered in the Exhibit are images from what is believed to be the first
alternative uses for offshore oil platforms.
Artifacts from expeditions include: Self-designed camera housings, log
books identifying relevant survey data from more than 850 dives (some of
which were as deep as 220 feet on air) and a can from the first mussel
harvest for human consumption from the offshore oil platforms of the Santa
and other ongoing programs of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with the mission to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.