Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico

Cancun Underwater Museum is a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor placed underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and CancĂșn, Mexico. The project began in November 2009 with placement of a hundred statues in shallow waters of the CancĂșn National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms.

The sculptures are created with pH-neutral marine concrete and are made to resemble members of the local community. The artist planned for the sculptures to become artificial reefs. Some corals (such as fire coral) was planted on and near the initial sculptures. The statues themselves however will also become covered with coral over time, due to the natural propogation of corals allready present in the vicinity. A total of 400 sculptures were planned, to be installed by the end of 2010.

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