Take a look at the eerily beautiful pictures of Europe's first underwater art museum
Jason deCaires Taylor and CACT Lanzarote
Designed by British eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, it features over 300 works across 12 installations in an effort to represent "an entry point to a different world" and to promote "a better understanding of our precious marine environment and of how much we depend on it," according to the museum.The 14-metre deep collection took two years to complete, and is now a permanent fixture in the Canaries. It was designed to be a "large scale artificial reef," built with neutral pH materials that are environmentally-friendly in order to attract underwater species.
The contemporary underwater art museum includes a 100 tonne 30-metre long wall, a botanical sculpture garden, and a whirlwind formation made up of over 200 human figures.Take a look at the watery wonder below:
Step inside Museo Atlantico, Europe's first underwater art museum located 14 metres below the water in Lanzarote, Spain.
The permanent museum was designed by British eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. There are over 300 works spread over 12 installations.Advertisement
The museum, which was built over two years and takes up 50 x 50 metres of "lifeless sandy seabed," aims to "create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature" by creating a "large scale artificial reef."
The first parts of the museum were installed in February 2016, and are all built with environmentally-friendly materials.Advertisement
According to the museum, the initial pieces "have already experienced a significant increase in the levels of generation and abundance of species, and are already being frequented by angel sharks, shoals of barracuda and sardines, octopus, marine sponges and the occasional butterfly stingray."
The installations include a 100 tonne 30 metre-long wall, an underwater botanical sculpture garden, and over 200 lifesize human figures in a whirlwind formation.Advertisement
They were installed by hardworking scuba divers.
The pieces are incredibly chilling.Advertisement
This one, titled "The Portal," forms part of the underwater botanical garden. It shows "a hybrid animal/human sculpture looking into a large square mirror, which reflects the moving surface of the ocean."
Meanwhile, "Crossing the Rubicon" is made up of 35 figures watching towards an underwater entrance within a 30-metre long wall to represent "a boundary between two realities and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean."Advertisement
"Deregulated" shows businessmen in suits playing on a children's see-saw in an effort to "demonstrate the insouciance and arrogance of the corporate world towards the natural world."
Made using a mold from a local fisherman, "The Immortal Pyre" represents a traditional funeral pyre using concrete sticks.Advertisement
The last exhibition in the museum, "The Human Gyre," was created using a template which was then removed.
It is made up of over 200 life-size human figures in a circle made for marine species to inhabit. "The artistic installation reminds us that we have evolved from marine life, and are all subject to the movements and will of the ocean," the museum says.Advertisement
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