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Underwater museum has opened in Lanzarote

Posted on Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments

Visitors can either swim down or view the exhibits from a boat. Image Credit: CC0 Public Domain
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 exhibits, which aim to show "the dialogue between past and present and the divisions within society", include several sculptures which depict the recent influx of refugees to the island.

"I hope that the Museo Atlantico of Lanzarote represents an entry point to a different world and promotes a better understanding of our precious marine environment and of how much we depend on it," said Taylor during the museum's opening ceremony yesterday.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 11 January, 2017, 20:11
Very impressive art. Not sure about this: "I hope that the Museo Atlantico of Lanzarote represents an entry point to a different world and promotes a better understanding of our precious marine environment and of how much we depend on it," - See more at: What has statues of people got to do with marine life?  if the art had been fish or other sea life, then I could see that, but people walking and someone holding a pc tablet?...can not see the connection.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 11 January, 2017, 22:10
500 years from now this will be considered proof of the location of Atlantis. lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by brlesq1 on 11 January, 2017, 22:33
Well, it's different.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Vox on 11 January, 2017, 22:37
@freetoroam, it's likely that over time the statues themselves will become a sort of artificial reef that will, be home to many different types of sea dwelling life. Nudibranchs, anemones, coral, etc.  People will come see the statues but the ocean will "breathe" life into them. Most people who might be drawn to this aquatic museum are likely going to be divers/apnea divers however and I've yet to come across a diver that is not a conservationist. Preaching to the choir I assume so the point might be somewhat redundant.

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