What lies beneath this deep water is shockingly amazing! Have you ever seen dead sculptures turning into living habitats? Well if you don’t take a look at these amazing sculptures that are transformed from inert objects into living breathing coral reefs.
English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in 2006, located at the coast of Grenada in the West Indies. In 2009 Taylor together with two other partners, formed a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc in Mexico.
Consisting of over 500 permanent life-size sculptures, the underwater museum is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.
It is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic.
Taylor’s sculptures are constructed to be assimilated by the ocean. Special marine grade cement is used to construct the sculptures.
These concrete statues should be able to last for hundreds of years.
What amazing is that they “breath” lives of their own.
They are mainly engineered to attract corals.
And eventually become artificial reef units.
These underwater sculptures will help alleviate the stress on the natural reefs by attracting tourists to the underwater parks.
Natural reefs are already threatened by marine pollution, warming waters, and overfishing.
Approximately 750,000 tourists visit local reefs in the area of Cancún, Mexico each year.
If the underwater museum can attract a significant part of this traffic, the natural reefs can catch a break.
This is a genius way of using art to protect ocean.
This is called “The Dream Collector.”
And this one is the “Un-still Life.”
MUSA plan to cover more than 4,520 square feet (420 square meters) with sculptures.
And these living sculptures will turn into habitat spaces for specific forms of marine life.
The beauty of the sculptures are shown in it’s vibrant colors.
Some are covered by seaweeds and algae.
Now more than a thousand species of fish can be seen in the area.