The project which began in November 2009 consists of over 400 permanent life-size sculptures, one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial attractions in the world. All the statues are molded from real models. These models were regular characters from Cancun and Puerto Morelos as well as a famous TV presenter.
The Museum aiming to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science hopes to form a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit.
The main goal of English artist Jason Decaires Taylor’s work is conservation. Each sculpture is made from ph neutral clay in order to promote the growth of coral reef and marine life with the total installation occupying an area of over 150sq meters and weighing over 120 tons.
As the museum grows and marine life forms, the aim is to give Cancun’s reef areas a much needed rest so they can recuperate from hurricane damage.
You begin by a beautiful hour boat trip from Cancun lagoon to Isla Mujeres area to dive in two different spots : Manchones reef and Jardines. These two dives mix a visit of this underwater museum and a discovering of the colorful tropical sub-aquatic life.
The third stage of the museum commencing towards the end of 2010 will involve commissioning local and international artists to contribute further sculptural installations and host special underwater cultural events celebrating the Arts and Science.
While you’re planning your Tulum Mexico scuba diving vacations be sure to visit Cancun underwater museum with Luum Ha Divers ! It’s really worth it !
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