As most of us know, progress on the world’s largest underwater museum began in the fall of 2009 in Cancun, Mexico. Originally a plan to keep tourists away from the coral reef, this has turned into quite a mind blowing endeavor.
Jason deCaires Taylor, the artist, explained, “I am excited that this will become the beginning of the world’s largest underwater museum. This is a unique opportunity to explore the boundaries of art and combine it with reef conservation.”
Phase I, which was the construction and careful placement of 3 sculptures, is now finished. Phase II, which will consist of placing over 400 sculptures in a collection entitled “The Silent Evolution,” will complete this exhibit in 2011.
It is all being installed 400 feet below sea level in the National Marine Park of Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. Mr. Taylor creates these sculptures from a sea-environmentally safe material so they will not harm any of the creatures that are graciously sharing their world. 750,000 tourists annually are expected to view this museum.
Divers everywhere are excited and even people like me, who don’t know how to swim, will find a way to view this museum in all its majesty. When you watch this short film below, you will get a small taste of the beauty and grandeur of it all.
Thank you to http://www.news.com.au/travel/galleries for the wonderful pictures!