In 2006, artist Jason deCaires Taylor founded and created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in the West Indies. His latest project, however, Museo Subaquatico de Arte (MUSA), has taken him to Cancun, Mexico.
Earlier this week, it was announced 60 new sculptures would be added to MUSA, with many of them having been modeled after local residents.
The sculptures are more than just a stunning and unique attraction, they serve an environmental preservation purpose as well.
Taylor’s beautiful cement figures provide a new habitat for coral and various other marine life. Also, by creating these must-see works of art, snorkelers and divers are diverted from fragile coral reefs.
The Cancun Marine Park is one of the most visited stretches of water in the world with over 750,000 visitors each year, placing immense pressure on its resources. The location of the sculptures promotes the recovery of the natural reefs at it relieves pressure on them by drawing visitors away.
MUSO was founded in 2009 by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Taylor.
It currently consists of more than 450 permanent life-size sculptures set in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.