World Amazing Stuff: Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico

Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico

Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico
Cancun Underwater Museum is more than 400 permanent sculptures installed underwater as part of an artwork project "The Silent Evolution" by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. It is a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor placed underwater Cancun, Mexico. The project began in November 2009 with placement of a hundred statues in shallow waters of the Cancun National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms.

The sculptures are created with pH-neutral marine concrete and are made to resemble members of the local community. The artist planned for the sculptures to become artificial reefs. Some corals such as fire coral was planted on and near the initial sculptures. The statues themselves however will also become covered with coral over time, due to the natural propagation of corals already present in the vicinity.

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.

The main body of the museum is called "The Silent Evolution" and consists of 400 life-size figures molded in pH neutral clay. The main goal of the museum is preservation, so the clay promotes marine growth to form a complex structure inhabited and colonized by various forms of marine life. Eventually coral reef will form on each sculpture, making them change appearance over time.

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