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November 18, 2010

Cancun’s Underwater Museum to Open This Month

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Photo credit: Jason deCaires TaylorCancun, México – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Located in Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc’s surrounding waters, the National Park is the new home of 400 submerged sculptures, completing the second phase of what is slated to be the world’s largest underwater museum. An official opening will take place on November 27.

Sculptor and museum artistic director Jason deCaires calls the selection of pieces “The Silent Evolution,” a series that depicts the history of man from ancient Mayan civilizations up to today. These life-size figurines depict actual people, with realisitc gestures and positions. A two-ton immobilized base was used to prevent the sculptures from shifting. Not only can the underwater museum be seen while beneath the depths of the sea, but collectively the pieces also form the shape of a human eye when viewed from below.

The project required 18 months of intensive labor in addition to 120 tons of cement, over 880 pounds of silicone and more than 120 submarine work hours. In the project’s next phase, other artists will be invited to contribute to the museum with their own works.

The Underwater Museum was designed to be as eco-friendly as it is stunning. In collaboration with National Marine Park experts and marine biologists, the sculptures were designed to attract coral, allowing further development of a variety of different species.


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