Europe’s first underwater museum has started to become a reality with the installation of several sets of sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor on the seabed in the Las Coloradas bay in Lanzarote.
Jason deCaires Taylor is internationally-famous for his underwater sculpture installations in underwater museums in The Bahamas, Cancun and The Antilles. They 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. The sculptures, submerged at a depth of between 12 and 15 metres, recreate scenes from everyday life.
The first exhibits include ‘The Raft of Lampedusa,’ a portrayal of the ongoing refugee crisis. The Atlantic Museum 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.