Jason deCaires Taylor reportedly signs contract to create Europe's first underwater museum
The Canary Islands could be about to become the home of Europe's first underwater museum after renowned British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reportedly signed a contract with the government of Lanzarote. The Museo Atlantico Lanzarote would become a prime scuba diving destination and would feature cement artworks that are modelled on local people, and which will be designed to attract marine species and underwater plant life.
The Canary Islands could become the home of the first underwater museum in Europe after a contract was reportedly signed between the British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the government of Lanzarote.
If successful, Taylor will create the Museo Atlantico Lanzarote on the seabed off Las Colorados Beach, close to the tourist hotspot of Playa Blanca, and it will become a hotspot for scuba diving adventures.
The cement artworks will be modelled on local people and the museum will be designed to attract thousands of diverse marine species and underwater plant life.
The project is expected to take two years to complete and will cost €700,000 to install. Two per cent of revenues earned from visiting scuba diving enthusiasts will be given to ecological research.
Jason deCaires Taylor is a renowned sculptor, scuba diver, underwater photographer and conservationist and he has created several underwater museums to lure divers away from natural coral reefs in popular scuba diving destinations so they can be replenished.
Taylor opened his first underwater museum in Molinere Bay, Grenada in the Caribbean in 2006. This was followed by the opening of the world's 'largest underwater sculpture museum' called MUSA, located off the coast of Cancun in Mexico, and is home to 500 extraordinary sculptures that reflect the local Mayan people and culture. The museum is one of the largest artificial reef attractions in the world and since its opening in 2009 the site has attracted thousands of tourists who have visited during scuba diving holidays.
Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater creations are made entirely from environmentally friendly materials and the sculptures attract a myriad of marine species.
Europe has a plethora of scuba diving destinations and divers can enjoy spectacular marine life, diving sites and reefs in locations across the Canary Islands, Italy, Gibraltar, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, the UK and Malta.
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