First Underwater Museum Has Opened in Lanzarote

It is really amazing and surprised to hear that there is a museum under the water.  Sometime it is difficult to imagine  how this underwater museum looks like, is is opened? or is it situated within walls?  if you have a look of those images, it give some understandings that the underwater museum is situated in the underwater open air, but within walls. The museum contains a collection of 300 sculptural works by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Known as Museo Atlantico, the unique exhibition is situated fourteen meters beneath the surface of Coloradas Bay on the southern coast of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands.

The site, which covers 2,500 square-meters, features dozens of silent figures and other sculptures fashioned entirely from environmentally friendly pH neutral materials. Visitors to the museum can view the exhibits either by passing overhead in a glass-bottomed boat or by getting their feet wet and diving in to the azure waters of the bay to view them up close.

The permanent works, which include a 30 metre-long, 100-tonne wall, have been created entirely with pH neutral materials designed to foster the reproduction of local fish species and create a habitat for marine life in the Unesco-designated World Biosphere Reserve.

The sculptures aim to portray “the dialogue between past and present and the divisions within society”, with some of the most notable works including The Rubicon, The Vortex and The Raft of Lampedusa, which references the influx of refugees on the Italian island.

“Taylor has an uncanny ability to capture the human likeness, and seeing these figures trapped forever on the bottom of the ocean was a surprisingly emotional experience. This isn’t just a gimmick – every piece is in harmony with its surroundings, and designed to attract marine life while giving snorkellers and scuba divers some food for thought too. It’s great news that Taylor’s work is now a little closer to home.”

Source: Telegraph

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