Cancun Underwater Museum

| May 7, 2012

Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico – Submerge yourself in one of the most beautiful and clear waters of the world, The Mexican Caribbean. Cancun Underwater Museum is located underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancun, Mexico. It is an underwater museum with a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor. The project began in November 2009 with placement of a hundred statues which had been previously damaged by storms, in shallow waters of the Cancún National Marine Park.

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The sculptures are created with pH-neutral marine concrete and are based on members of the local community. The artist planned the sculptures as artificial reefs with fire coral planted in the initial sculptures. Soon, it is going to be home to one of the largest underwater museums on the planet, located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Forming this museum will be a series of underwater sculptural installations all sited within the protected National Marine Park, of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

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Divers and snorkellers will have the opportunity to admire more than 400 original sculptures in depths ranging from 9 to 20 feet. Jason deCaires Taylor offers a contemporary and cultural view to people around the world of how the Mayan people have evolved through out the years in “The Silent Evolution”. This monumental installation consists of more than 400 life size figurative sculptures. Also located in the museum, near the island of Isla Mujeres, a sculpture entitled “The Dream Collector” will be submerged, along with many other unique master pieces.

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The purpose of having this underwater museum is to provide the visitors the opportunity to visit our pristine natural reefs while giving the opportunity to see the gorgeous sculptures. Other than that, it helps the conservation of the natural corals a lot This underwater museum also promote Cancun as a cultural and artistic developing area. This project can be continued as well because the growth of the project can invite many other fine artists for many years to come.

Being environmentally friendly, the sculptures are all designed to become artificial reefs and are constructed from special materials which promote marine life and create areas for corals and marine creatures to breed, take refuge, and this boost the local ecosystem. The appearance of the sculptures will change over time as the coral grows and marine life colonize the structures.

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