Cancun’s Underwater Museum, a project that was put into place to help conserve natural reefs, is experiencing beautiful, rapid coral growth, just in time for spring. The first 100 sculptures of the “Silent Evolution” are nearing completion and the museum’s underwater garden is quickly blooming with colorful corals.
These life-size figures, which were moulded from various members of the local community, will form a large artificial reef aiming to draw visitors and sea life to this uninhabited area of the park. The first set of 200 sculptures is scheduled to go underwater in June 2010; the museum will have 400 sculptures by the end of the year.
The first three sculptures have already been a big draw, showing the growth of corals in only three months and grabbing the interest of tourists. This clearly shows the great success that the museum will have as more figures are dropped in the water to become the home of an abundant marine life and a wonderful exhibit for visitors.
The museum, located in the National Park on the West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, will feature more than 400 concrete sculptures making it the world’s largest underwater museum.
The project began in November 2009 as three sculptures were sunk under the supervision of prominent artist and creator of the underwater sculptors, Jason de Caires Taylor; the sculptures included the “Dream Collector,” “Man on Fire” and “The Gardener of Hope.”
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