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5 things you need to know about the Atlantic’s first underwater art museum

5 things you need to know about the Atlantic’s first underwater art museum

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The museum has more than 400 sculptures to discover

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A new unique diving experience is available in Europe this summer as a display using 400 life-like sculptures has been created off the coast of Lanzarote. The Atlantic’s first undersea sculpture museum, Museo Atlantico, was conceived in 2009 and is aiming to attract visitors away for the area’s natural reefs to discover this new man made underwater creation.

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It is the brainchild of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor

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The striking museum is the latest in a succession of water installations by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. He created the first underwater sculpture park in 2006 off the coast of Grenada, which is now listed among National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World. In 2009 he went on to co-found Museo Subacuático de Arte off the coast of Cancún in Mexico, which has a collection of more than 500 of his underwater works. Last year he created the The Rising Tide in the River Thames in London.

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The sculptures are designed to improve the world’s oceans

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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.

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