Underwater Atlantic Museum
The modern notion of “museum” has become as extensive as the human imagination and creativity can allow. It seems to me at first this museum will certainly cause creepy feeling!
Europe’s first Underwater Atlantic Museum will be opened on the 1st January 2017, and completely it will be available in summer. It is called “Museo Atlántico Lanzarote”. By the way, it will be the official opening. But for the first time the divers will be able to see the exhibition much earlier – this year, at the end of February. Such an unusual Atlantic Museum is located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain (the Canary Islands).
The exhibition will contain about 300 sculptures dedicated to the island and its inhabitants, the images of the biological diversity of flora and fauna and incredible seascape. The author, British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, has already designed similar underwater parks in Cancun, Mexico and Grenada. This time, his creation has found home in the southwest of Lanzarote, near the beach of Las Coloradas, in the municipality of Yaiza.
Jason deCaires Taylor has spent two years for creation of these strange sculptures. The author thought about the preservation of his creations throughout the centuries, so he used high-strength cement (high-density, PH neutral concrete). Important to note, this material does not harm the environment. The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands’ Government, Maria Teresa Lorenzo, emphasized that “Museo Atlántico Lanzarote” was a key project of the Canary Islands which combined art and sport. Spanish media claim that such a creative impulse costs to local authorities at least 800 thousand euros.
“They wanted to bring in a more conscientious tourist,” Taylor told ABC News. “And in order to do that, they wanted to make the island a more cultural place, adding to its existing cultural wealth.”
The exhibits will be immersed at a depth of 12 to 15 meters, so that they were accessible for the divers of any level of physical fitness. On a sunny day, some of them can be seen through the water column even from the shore. The first 35 of the 300 sculptures are already at the bottom for today. The total area of such an extraordinary exhibition will amount 400 square meters.
The sculptor shared his plans, that his man-made, organic and abstract sculptures will be supplemented by some other attractions in future – underwater light shows and concerts. He says that the crystal clear water of the Atlantic Ocean is perfect for this purpose.
Jason deCaires Taylor is the first underwater sculptor. In 2011, Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park off the coast of Grenada in the Caribbean, his most famous project, was recognized as one of the wonders of the world and the most amazing place on the planet by the National Geographic Magazine. I guess everyone has his own vision of this work, everyone understands it differently. In my opinion, this is a frightening beauty. These statues, so alive and so dead at the same time, cause strange feelings. But let’s remember, modern art should change our perception of the world and make us think. So, take a look at this underwater “performance”.