Cancun, located on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and bordered by the Carribean Sea, is one of the most exotic vacation destinations in the world. The white sand of the beaches and the gorgeous turquoise sea attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, but they are also causing damage to marine life.
Usually, local government spearheads coral restoration projects that involve the construction of artificial reefs. But what if these hand-made reefs took the form of human sculpture? Artist Jason deCaires Taylor was commissioned to answer this question by creating the biggest underwater museum in the world, to be placed at the National Marine Park on the West Coast of Isla Mujeres in Cancun.
Officially a professional underwater sculptor, Taylor led the project to build approximately four hundred sculptures to be sunk within the National Park on barren areas of seabed at various depths. This ongoing project commenced in November of last year, and has led other nations to consider alternative means of nature conservation, especially in heavilly trafficed tourist hungry areas.
“One of the greatest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have lifted the pressure off natural reefs which, over the past few decades, have been over-fished and over-visited,” said the British artist. “By diverting attention to artificial reefs, natural reefs have now been given a greater chance to repair and to regenerate.”
At any rate, the exhibit is sure to be a hit with adventurous tourists looking to find a diversion from their tequila fueled hangovers. Just don’t go it alone, as prospective underwater viewers must employ the services of a tour guide before donning their masks. Look for us to be among the first in line when it finally opens!
Source: Exotic Vacation Places