Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cancun Underwater Museum

Started in 2009, artist Jason de Caires Taylor submerged a hundred statues in the waters of Cancun to explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and the environment.  Located a short distance from the famous Manchones reef, each of the now 400 life sized sculptures are made from ph neutral clay in order to promote the growth of coral reef and marine life.  The intent is to draw attention to conservation and specifically Cancun's well visited tourist sites.  The statues are life size, molded on real people and eerily posed with titles like "Man on Fire" and "The Silent Evolution".  Personally, the last thing we want to do is swim around people frozen in time underwater but you can't help appreciate the beauty they create.

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