Cancun’s Underwater Museum situated just off the coast of Isla Mujeres has been selected by Google to be promoted under their list of most interesting museums to visit. They will appear alongside 70 other museums such as the British Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York within the catalogue from the Google Cultural Institute.
All of the chosen museums will have an interactive online search where you can take a virtual online tour of the museum. This will be a fantastic way to promote MUSA which is an incredible sight to behold.
Currently exhibiting over 400 sculptures, forming the world’s largest underwater museum, internationally acclaimed eco-sculptor, Jason de Caires Taylor, has announced that the new sculptures will be submerged this summer. With an estimated 750,000 annual visitors, the Underwater Museum strives to portray the cycle of life and the human condition and the additions to the project will be no different.
Since 2010, sculptures have been sunk to the bottom of the ocean in two phases. Marine life has slowly moved into the museum area, bringing life to “The Silent Evolution” – the name of the first phase of sculptures to make up the exhibition. With everything from life-size human sculptures, many of which were caste from Cancun locals, to a full VW Beetle that was especially designed to encourage lobsters to make their homes inside the vehicle, each statute is made with materials that are safe for the marine life and to encourage the formation of an artificial reef. He has included real people, such as “Rosario,” his Spanish teacher when first arrived in Mexico; and Lily Chacon, selected by Taylor to portray the image of the “Pregnant Woman.”
Since its beginning, the Cancun Underwater Museum was created to facilitate the self-preservation of natural coral reefs in optimal conditions. With this goal, the National Marine Park took the challenge of redirecting tourists from fragile natural habitats to this exhibition of more than 400 magnificent sculptures that come to life in the depths of the sea.
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