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Lanzarote is now the home of Europe’s first subaquatic museum


Lanzarote’s seabed now boasts the first sculptures of Europe’s first subaquatic museum, which will comprise a total of 400 works by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, submerged at a depth of 14 metres in front of the Playa Blanca coastline. The project will foster sport through snorkelling, diving and sailing and will serve to consolidate the Canary Islands as a differentiated and competitive tourist destination.

The works of art, created recently with marine-ecosystem-friendly materials and which are expected to have a life of around 300 years, are recreations of dozens of the island’s present-day people or situations The project drawing on the dialogue between art and nature is designed on a conservational level to create a large scale artificial reef to aggregate local fish species and increase marine biomass. The principal installation, “The Rubicon”, features 35 human features walking towards a gate, a point of no return or a portal to another world.

The Museo Atlántico of Lanzarote is open to visitors from February 25, although it will not be completed until the summer of 2017. 2% of the revenue the museum generates will be allocated to researching and disseminating the wealth of species and seabed of Lanzarote.

Jason deCaires has already gained international renown after his previous underwater sculptural interventions in the Caribbean islands of Grenada (chosen as one of the 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic), in Cancun and Isla Mujeres (Mexico) and in the Bahamas.


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