Ecuador is a beautiful country filled with stunning natural environments, and is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. When Ecuador’s Tourism Board wanted a new ad campaign to represent these facts, Brazilian creative agency Manipula came up with the perfect solution, creating a series of stunning photos of submerged creatures whose exposed body parts have transformed into parts of the rugged and storied Galapagos Islands.

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One of the most surprising things about this project is that the animals are CGI rather than photos – In Manipula’s work-in-progress photos, you can see how they created the creatures from digital 3D meshes! The environments on their backs represent Ecuador’s 4 most significant natural areas – the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific coast and the Galapagos islands.

Their project reminds me of these equally majestic sculptures by Chinese artist Wang Ruilin. Take a look!

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