19/11/2010400 Sculptures Submerged In Cancun’s Underwater Museum

In time for UN Climate Change Summit Conference, Cancun’s Underwater Museum is set to open on November 27th 2010

The National Park, located in Isla Mujeres Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc welcomes approximately 750,000 tourists a year and is now home to 400 submerged sculptures, completing phase two of what is set to be that largest underwater museum in the world.

The Silent Evolution is the name that Jason deCaires –its creator- has given the submerged sculpture collection that depicts the history of man from the start of ancient Mayan civilizations to today’s modern world- hinting at historic moments such as “The Conquest” (La Conquista), “The Independence” (La Independencia) and “The Revolution” (La Revolución). A technique developed by the sculpture allows the creation of life-size human figures that depict actual people, their gestures and positions. The sinking process to more than 10 meters of depth consists of placing the pieces over a 2 ton immobilized base, preventing the sculptures from moving out of place with the waves. The underwater museum can not only be seen from the depths of the ocean, but each sculpture is placed in a way that forms the shape of a human eye when seen from bellow.

The first sinking took place on November 14th, 2009. In the project’s first phase and under the supervision of the renowned artist and sub aquatic sculpture Jason deCaires Taylor, three sculptures were submerged: “Coleccionista de Sueños” (Dream Collector), “Hombre en llamas” (Man on Fire) and “La Jardinera de la Esperanza” (The Gardener of Hope). The sculptures where placed near the natural reefs and close to marine life habitats in order to create a natural ecosystem that helps maintain corals and reefs in the best conditions.

The main gallery is formed by 400 life-size figures, based on real people. Its building required 18 months of hard work, 120 tons of cement, 400 kg of silicone, 3,800 glass fiber and more than 120 submarine work hours, as well as effort and dedication from a committed team with a dream, that began almost two years ago. Once the next phase is finished, other artists will be invited to show their own sculptures and contribute to this museum.

The project is backed by Cancun’s Ministry of Environment and its Nautical Association and has required an investment of more than $350,000 USD, in order to allow the natural reefs that surround the sculptures, to remain untouched. That is why this Marine Park was up for the challenge and developed a way to deviate tourists from the natural habitats, through coral reefs, without having to loose its visitors and the $36 million dollars that these represent in annual income.

This is how the museum is seeking to promote concepts such as conservation. An example of this is the sculpture “Coleccionista de los Sueños” (The Dream Collector) that contains bottles with messages of good hope sent from different parts of the world. The message is: “That our hearts never get as hardened as our heads” said Roberto Diaz.

The Underwater Musuem is located in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc’s surrounding waters. The project was founded by Jaime Gonzalez from the National Park, Roberto Diaz, from Cancun’s Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor. The official opening will take place on November 27, 2010.

It is important to point out that due to the success of this great project, Sculptor and artist Jason deCaires Taylor, has accepted the position as the museum’s artistic director

The cultural and environmental importance of the project, make the Underwater Museum a once in a lifetime experience. In collaboration with marine biologists and other experts from the National Marine Park and – Artificial Reefs, a company based in the USA, the sculptures have been designed to attract coral, but have also been immersed and positioned in a certain way and on certain so that they contribute to the further development of different coral species.

These magnificent sculptures will be available for tourists and visitors that wish to admire the originality, beauty and uniqueness of these works of art, while snorkeling or dive in the sub aquatic museum, as one of the many activities to do in Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

All photos must be attributed to Jason deCaires Taylor.

To obtain high resolution pictures of the museum, please contact Newlink Communications or directly Jason deCaires Taylor at: divetaylor@yahoo.com

Visit: http://www.underwatersculpture.com

Watch the official video with the 400 submerged sculptures at:

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore. The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

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