In the waters of Punta Cancun, Punta Nizuc and Isla Mujeres, there is a sunken treasure, full of art and life. It is he Underwater Art Museum.
Put on your wet suit and snorkel gear, and get ready to be amazed by more than four hundred sculptures reflecting the expressions of several artists, with one idea in common: the preservation of life.
This wonderful attraction was made public in 2009, with sculptures by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor. This sculptor and photographer, who was born in 1974 and graduated in 1998 from the London Institute of Arts, presented his first three sculptures. Man on Fire, a warning regarding out overdependence and excessive use of limited natural resources, such as fossil fuels, The Gardner of Hope, symbols of the kinship with the environment and a role model for future generations; and The Dream Collector, an invitation to hope for a better world.
Today, these three sculptures have become more than four hundred, and the museum is already a resounding success. This success is due to the museum’s central objective: to convey the love for nature and promote its care. The sculptures are made from a material that, over time, will become artificial reefs. You will be able to witness how, before your eyes, works of art evolve into underwater life.
In addition to being a beautiful visual feast, the museum invites you to reflect and become aware on the situation in which our planet is immersed.
The museum is divided into two galleries: Manchones Hall and Nizuc Hall, and they can be visited using diving or snorkeling equipment. Don’t just visit it once: the museum is planning to install more sculptures, and nature, as its guest artist, will keep the sculptures constantly changing.