Welcome to the intriguing underwater environment of Cancun.
Artist Jason De Caires Taylor has created a haunting underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) beneath the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc off the east coast of Mexico.
The project was founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park in Mexico, allowing Taylor to place 500 life-size sculptures of humans underwater, forming a reef made of special environmental material that promotes and nourishes marine life. You know, in a way that 500 life-size actual humans might not.
The sculptures were placed in an area that had been thrashed by storms and hurricanes, leaving an ecosystem in need of restoration.
The trick of the sculptures is to draw tourists away from the heavily visited natural Cancun Marine Park which, with over 750,000 visitors each ear, is under immense pressure to survive.
The underwater museum is divided into two galleries, a shallow four metre deep gallery for snorkelers only and a deeper eight metre gallery for snorkelers and divers. Glass bottom boats can also see the sculptures from above.
The sculptures are an amazing intersection of the environment and humanity through art, showing that these two forces don’t have to be at odds with each other. Group hug, guys. Bring it in.
(All images from Underwatersculpture.com)
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