5 things you need to know about the Atlantic’s first underwater art museum
The sculptures are designed to improve the world’s oceans
As well as their artistic beauty the sculptures have also been designed to attract sea life and encourage the growth of coral. The new sculptures are created using a pH-neutral marine cement and also have a textured surface to encourage coral growth.
Taylor hopes that showing people the coral interacting with realistic human forms will help people take the decline of coral reefs, considered to be one of the biggest threats to the world’s oceans, more seriously.
“Humans only have empathy when they see something of themselves,” he told press. “I intentionally made [the figures] very everyday; they all have clothes on — it’s us.”
Lanzarote has also announced that 2% of the revenues generated from the museum will be donated to the research and protection of the island’s sealife.