Atlantic Museum: Europe’s first underwater museum opens in Spain

Some 200 life-size human figures, created over the course of two years by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, have been submerged 14 metres (46 feet) under the Atlantic Ocean, off the Canary Island of Lanzarote, in Spain.
The sculptures, some modelled after local residents, are made from environmentally friendly and pH-neutral materials and will attract plant and animal life, just like artificial reefs.
The artworks also include a 100-tonne, 30-metre (98 feet) long wall, a botanic garden and an installation called the Raft of Lampedusa, a sculpted boat carrying 13 refugees, which pays tribute to the ordeal of refugees who crossed the ocean during the recent migrant crisis.
According to the artist, the exhibition ‘aims to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature.’


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