PICS: Exploring Europe's first underwater museum

2017-01-11 19:01 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The first and only underwater sculpture museum in Europe has been inaugurated off the coast of the Spanish island of Lanzarote in the Atlantic Ocean, creating an eerie but interesting underwater attraction. 

The Museo Atlantic, as it has been called, features over 300 life-sized sculptures across 12 installations placed on the sea bed, 11 metres underwater. 

The Lanzarote attraction took almost three years to complete and has 12 sprawling underwater installations, featuring more than 300 life-sized figures, by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who has created similar projects in Mexico and Grenada. 

They have also been created to raise awareness of the need for environmental conservation and to highlight marine ecology issues.

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The sculptures are created with pH neutral materials and have been designed to last for hundreds of years as an artificial reef for marine life to thrive on. 

Divers can now tour the underwater museum off the coast of Bahia de Las Coloradas.

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