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Man paints in underwater cave at Wookey Hole in world first

A man has achieved a bizarre world first at Wookey Hole by painting two artworks in an underwater cave.

Philip Gray, who is known as an exploration artist, dove down under the water with his paint, canvas, easel and breathing apperatus to create his works, which he's called "Pioneers of the Dark" and "The Source of Light".

The paintings will go on display in the Cave Diving Museum at Wookey Hole, where they will join a new display about the world’s first cave dive in 1935.

They show the scene 84 years ago, when Penelope Powell and Graham Balcombe first plunged into the dark waters at Wookey Hole to complete the world’s first cave dive.

Other items in the museum's collection include early examples of deep-sea diving equipment used to explore the caves in 1935, such as diving helmets, boots and pumps.

Afterwards Philip said his passion for art is equalled "only by my passion for exploration and discovery".

"I always push myself to the limit of what is possible to create my artwork," he said.

"It made perfect sense to me to paint this iconic scene from 84 years ago, deep underwater, in the atmospheric caves at Wookey Hole where the first ever cave dive took place.”

Previous projects have seen Philip paint the “lost” Lion City in China (Shi Cheng), in Antarctica on the side of an iceberg and even up Mount Everest.

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