In 2009 a monumental underwater museum called Museo Subacuatico de Arte, also known as MUSA, was formed in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.The museum founded by Jamie Gonzalez, Roberto Diaz and Jason deCaires consists of more than 500 permanent life size sculptures, it is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world. To go diving among these amazing sculptures it would cost you around £29 for an adult and about £14.50 for a child which is not a big price to see such amazing works.
The location is Cancun Mexico in the national marine park where coral reefs are suffering from being overfished. DeCaire’s haunting but hypnotising underwater art will not only serve as a visual treat for divers but more importantly and beneficially it will serve as a diversion from the natural reefs in the park which need a chance to recover. ‘The Silent Evolution’ will effectively double as an artificial reef which will attract fish and marine life to colonize among the sculptures. This makes the museum even more appealing for the fact that not only will you witness the beautiful sculptures you will also see the fish that live among them. DeCaires said “It’s incredibly interesting working under water” he added “The colours are different, the atmosphere and mood is other worldly. The piece takes on a very different tone underwater, it has a lost feel to it and brings up all these questions that you wouldn’t have on land.” DeCaires is not the first marine enthusiast to build an artificial reef but he is certainly the first to incorporate the idea into an artistic expression, using a special cement mix to encourage and attract coral growth, his various projects around the world are contributing to a progression which other artificial reefs have proven can successfully support entire marine ecosystems.
This museum of underwater statues is one of the most amazing things I have seen! The detail that goes into each sculpture is outstanding and the variety of sculptures makes it even better, varying from people standing in a circle holding hands, a man sat on a sofa eating and watching TV, someone on a computer and many more.
I wonder what they will look like in years to come!