The Span­ish island of Lan­zarote has opened an under­wa­ter muse­um, giv­ing divers and scu­ba divers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore 12 works by renowned sculp­tor Jason Tay­lor inspired by the theme of pro­tect­ing the world’s oceans. The Museo Atlanti­co on the south coast of the island con­sists of sub­merged works of art that form an arti­fi­cial reef at the bot­tom of the sea.

lanzarote underwater museum

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Spain

Numer­ous divers are already explor­ing Tay­lor’s under­wa­ter worlds, includ­ing a sculp­ture called “Cross­ing the Rubi­con” with a crowd of peo­ple at an open door, “Por­tal” with an invert­ed mir­ror, and “Dis­con­nect­ed” where a young cou­ple takes a self­ie. Tay­lor’s cre­ation is both a work of art and arti­fi­cial reefs, cre­at­ed using a spe­cial grade of cement that is com­plete­ly non-tox­ic and has a neu­tral acid-base bal­ance. This means the sculp­tures are free from harm­ful pol­lu­tants and will soon become home to corals, fish and crus­taceans.

Accord­ing to Muzeo Atlanti­co man­ag­er Ani­bal Vega-Almei­da, the local com­mu­ni­ty’s ini­tial skep­ti­cism quick­ly turned into benev­o­lent approval of the project. ‘The project has been wide­ly accept­ed by the islanders, espe­cial­ly the div­ing cen­tres, which have pre­sent­ed many oppor­tu­ni­ties for devel­op­ment,’ he said.

The Cen­ter for Arts, Cul­ture and Tourism (CACT) is a 50 year old project found­ed by inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned artist and local res­i­dent Cesar Man­rique, and the Museo Atlanti­co is part of it. It belongs to a net­work of nine cen­ters that com­bine art with nature. Oth­er cen­ters scat­tered around the island and include the vol­canic for­ma­tions of Cue­va Verdes and Jameos del Aqua, a cac­tus gar­den with over 10,000 dif­fer­ent plants, and the old cas­tle of San José, con­vert­ed into a mod­ern art muse­um. Museo Atlanti­co will def­i­nite­ly join the list of the most unusu­al muse­ums in the world.

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Sunken yacht "Mar Sem Fim"

A sim­i­lar muse­um of under­wa­ter sculp­tures is also locat­ed in Can­cun, Mex­i­co. You can look at its exhibits in a sep­a­rate arti­cle on Life­Globe.