Tuesday, April 10

Cancun's Underwater Museum



 Cancun, Mexico has a new tourist attraction that combines sculptures and ... snorkeling? That's right. The Cancun Underwater Museum, called the MUSA, attracts divers from all over the world.
Cancun is a beautiful place to visit. Many visitors vacation there every year and one of the most popular activities people take part in is snorkeling. I posted a few weeks ago of my love for snorkeling. When I saw pictures of this amazing underwater museum off the coast of Cancun I was intrigued. I began searching for information on these statues. My first question was, why?  Who would put life size statues on the sea floor and why? Artist Jason deCaires Taylor that's who. He was inspired to help conserve Cancun's Reefs.  
This amazing underwater museum is located a short distance from the famous
Manchone Reef off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Taylor's goal is
to give Cancun’s reef areas a much needed boost from past hurricane damage.
This unusual museum, named MUSA, consists of over 400 permanent life-size sculptures.
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor was inspired to use local people as models for his statues.
The sculptures in MUSA Cancun are created from special materials which promote marine life and were specifically designed to eventually become artificial reefs. The longer the sculptures are in the water, the more they will change as coral and other sea life begin to call the artworks home.
Eventually many species will take up residence here, bringing new forms of life. Long term, Taylor's objective is to preserve the Manchones reef. Avid divers have been drawn to his artwork keeping them away from the natural reef allowing it to grow and thrive. The MUSA is the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world. The museum is free, and open to all. However it is recommended that you are accompanied by a licensed diver.
       If you are planning on vacationing in the Yucatan, make sure you dive into the
beautiful waters of Isla Mujeres and swim through one of the most innovative art
exhibits in the world:  MUSA......ENJOY! 


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