Cancun Underwater Museum – A Dive-in Experience

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun, Mexico, has a new tourist destination that combines sculptures and snorkeling. The story began in 2009, when a monumental underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was formed in the waters, beneath the wise land surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.

Cancun Underwater Experience

The Cancun underwater museum was opened on November 26, 2009 and made great business news. Cancun underwater museum features around 400 life-sizes concrete sculptures. Wow! Isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to experience a life underneath? I surely would want to see the relationship between modern art, the man and the environment. What a great piece of art would it be!

It would truly be an experience in itself to submerge yourself in one of the most beautiful and clear water of the world, where the Cancun underwater museum is located. These crystal clear waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc is now home to one of the largest underwater museums on the planet, located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Forming the Cancun underwater museum is a series of underwater sculptural installations all sited within the protected National Marine Park, of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Cancun Underwater Museum Project

The project of Cancun underwater museum was founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor. Several business magazines have featured The Cancun underwater museum in their issues. It consists of over 403 permanent life-size sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.

These 400 life size sculptures in the depths range from 9 to 20 feet. The artist behind the Cancun underwater museum, Jason deCaires Taylor, offers a contemporary and cultural view of how the Mayan people have evolved throughout the years in “The Silent Evolution”.

The Cancun underwater museum is said to have a threefold purpose as stated by the officials. It is said to provide the visitors the opportunity to visit our pristine natural reefs while giving the opportunity to see the gorgeous sculptures. This way it will help in the conservation of the natural corals. The purpose of Cancun underwater museum is to also promote Cancun as a cultural and artistic developing area. The officials are also planning to continue the growth of the project, by inviting many other fine artists for many years to come. Even though the entry to the museum is free, it is recommended that tourists visit the Cancun underwater museum with a tour guide.

The Cancun underwater museum comprises of 4 installations; La Jardinera de la Esperanza, Coleccionista de los Sueños, Hombre en Llamas and The Silent Evolution which are all created by Jason deCaires Taylor. The Silent Evolution is his most ambitious work to date, forming a vast gathering of people aiming to define a new era of living in a symbiotic relationship with nature.

Industrial magazines state that The goal of the Cancun underwater museum is to draw tourists away from the natural reefs that surround the sculptures, without losing the visitors who bring the area millions of dollars every year.

Environment Friendly Sculptures in Cancun Underwater Museum

The sculptures at the Cancun underwater museum are all designed to become artificial reefs and are created from special materials that promote marine life and form areas for corals to flourish and marine creatures to breed and take refuge, boosting the local ecosystem. It is believed that the appearance of the sculptures will change over time as the coral grows and marine life colonizes the structures. You cannot miss it. 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. The sculptures are modeled after real people.

It seems that the project has sparled great interest worldwide and will keep ongoing for years together. The total museum installation occupies over 1,600 sq. feet (150 sq. meters) and weighs over 120 tons, and will one day form an artificial ecosystem where various fish and marine mammals will thrive.  I am sure, this aquatic exhibition, sharing a deep relationship between modern art, the man and the environment would leave you spellbound.

 

Dhwani Shah

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