Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum is a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor placed underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancún, Mexico. The project began in November 2009 with the placement of a hundred statues in shallow waters of the Cancún National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms.

The sculptures are created with pH-neutral marine concrete and are based on members of the local community. The artist planned the sculptures as artificial reefs with fire coral planted in the initial sculptures. A total of 400 sculptures are planned, to be installed by the end of 2010. Snorkelers, scuba divers, and tourists in glass-bottom boats all visit the underwater installation.

Since November 2009, artist Jason Decaires Taylor has created more than 400 life size sculptures off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The coral reefs in this region suffered heavy degradation due to repetitive hurricane abuse. This project funded by The National Marine Park and the Cancun Nautical Association was designed to emulate coral reefs using a neutral ph clay. Taylor has constructed unique settings depicting daily activities ranging from a man watching TV to a 1970’s replica of a Volkswagen Beetle. This artificial reef has relieved pressure from the nearby Manchones Reef. The design and materials implemented in this project have proved the ecological viability of artificial reefs.

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater Museum

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