CULTURE


Europe's first underwater museum opens

Baku, January 12, AZERTAC

Europe’s first underwater sculpture museum featuring over 300 life-sized figures has been inaugurated.

The Lanzarote attraction, Museo Atlantico, took almost three years to complete and has 12 sprawling underwater installations by artist Jason de Caires Taylor.

With the sculptures placed at 39 feet on the sea bed, divers can now tour the underwater museum off the coast of Bahia de Las Coloradas.

The sculptures are created with pH neutral materials and have been designed to last for hundreds of years as an artificial reef for marine life to thrive on.

They have also been created to raise awareness of the need for environmental conservation and to highlight marine ecology issues.

The project is the largest scale installation by British sculptor de Caires Taylor, whose first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, the West Indies, was named as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World in National Geographic magazine.

The only European underwater museum features figures modelled on the Guanches - members of the aboriginal cave-dwelling people who inhabited the Canary Islands before the Spanish conquest - and de Caires Taylor also invited locals to model for the piece.

Known as the Human Gyre, the installation has over 200 human characters of varying ages and sizes.

Other intriguing highlights include a suited businessman in a children’s playground, a swing and sea saw and children paddling along in fishing boats.

One harrowing installation is The Raft of Lampedusa, which depicts the refugee crisis off the Italian island.

The only European underwater museum features figures modelled on the Guanches - members of the aboriginal cave-dwelling people who inhabited the Canary Islands before the Spanish conquest - and de Caires Taylor also invited locals to model for the piece.

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