The Spanish island of Lanzarote will soon become world famous as a place where you will find Europe’s first underwater museum. The bottom of the ocean floor will welcome the artwork of British sculptor James DeCaires Taylor. Museo Atlantico will create a large artificial reef made from a series of art installations made from high-density, PH-neutral concrete that doesn’t affect the marine ecosystem or local flora and fauna. Located 14 metres beneath the sea off the island of Lanzarote, this museum recreate scenes from everyday life, including one which references Europe’s current refugee crisis.
“The work is not intended as a tribute or memorial to the many lives lost but as a stark reminder of the collective responsibility of our now global community,” Taylor wrote in a statement on his website.
This sculptures will be accessible to divers and snorkelers of all levels. The project is designed to increase marine biomass and to act as a breeding site for local species in an area declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Jason deCaires Taylor is internationally famous for his underwater sculpture installations in underwater museums in The Bahamas, Canczn and The Antilles.