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Discover Lanzarote’s new underwater museum

The Museo Atlántico, which opened on January 10, is showing 300 sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor

  • The Museo Atlántico (Atlantic Museum), located on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Island archipelago, opened to visitors on January 10. This new venue is showing 300 sculptures by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor in what constitutes the first project of its kind in Europe (two others exist, one in Mexico and the other in the Antilles.) The underwater museum takes up 2,500 square meters at the bottom of Las Coloradas bay, south of the island. The first sculptures were submerged in March 2016, but the process only ended late last year.
    1The Museo Atlántico (Atlantic Museum), located on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Island archipelago, opened to visitors on January 10. This new venue is showing 300 sculptures by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor in what constitutes the first project of its kind in Europe (two others exist, one in Mexico and the other in the Antilles.) The underwater museum takes up 2,500 square meters at the bottom of Las Coloradas bay, south of the island. The first sculptures were submerged in March 2016, but the process only ended late last year.
  • The project has two goals, one artistic and the other conservationist. The sculptures are made of pH neutral cement to create an artificial reef which, over time, will help the marine biomass flourish. The project was promoted by Lanzarote authorities and co-financed by the government of the Canary Islands. The regional tourism chief, Mariate Lorenzo, said at the opening that the museum has become one of the tourism projects with the greatest international media impact in the entire Canary Islands.
    2The project has two goals, one artistic and the other conservationist. The sculptures are made of pH neutral cement to create an artificial reef which, over time, will help the marine biomass flourish. The project was promoted by Lanzarote authorities and co-financed by the government of the Canary Islands. The regional tourism chief, Mariate Lorenzo, said at the opening that the museum has become one of the tourism projects with the greatest international media impact in the entire Canary Islands.
  • This is not the first such project by the British artist. In 2006 he created an underwater sculpture park in Grenada, in the Antilles, and in 2009 he opened MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), submerging 500 sculptures off the coast of Cancún (Mexico). Pictured, a school of fish swimming among sculptures that are already covered with marine life.
    3This is not the first such project by the British artist. In 2006 he created an underwater sculpture park in Grenada, in the Antilles, and in 2009 he opened MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), submerging 500 sculptures off the coast of Cancún (Mexico). Pictured, a school of fish swimming among sculptures that are already covered with marine life.
  • There are two options for visitors to the museum: snorkeling or scuba diving, which requires authorization to dive to depths of 12 meters. Details about associated diving companies are available at www.cactlanzarote.comcentros-eoma. In both cases, visits are guided.
    4There are two options for visitors to the museum: snorkeling or scuba diving, which requires authorization to dive to depths of 12 meters. Details about associated diving companies are available at www.cactlanzarote.com/centros-eoma/. In both cases, visits are guided.
  • 'The Raft of Lampedusa' alludes to the tragedy of immigration by sea.
    5'The Raft of Lampedusa' alludes to the tragedy of immigration by sea.
  • The work titled The Portal depicts a hybrid creature that stares into a large mirror reflecting the ocean’s surface. The mirror covers a series of structures designed to become a habitat for octopus, sea urchins and young fish.
    6The work titled The Portal depicts a hybrid creature that stares into a large mirror reflecting the ocean’s surface. The mirror covers a series of structures designed to become a habitat for octopus, sea urchins and young fish.
  • Human Gyre was the last piece to undergo installation at the museum. It is a collection of 200 life-size figures set out in a giant circle.
    7Human Gyre was the last piece to undergo installation at the museum. It is a collection of 200 life-size figures set out in a giant circle.
  • The scuptures depicting photographers raise a debate about the use of new technologies and invasion of privacy.
    8The scuptures depicting photographers raise a debate about the use of new technologies and invasion of privacy.
  • The installation Deregulated is made up of a series of sculptures depicting grown men in suits playing in a children’s playground.
    9The installation Deregulated is made up of a series of sculptures depicting grown men in suits playing in a children’s playground.
  • Some of the models used for the sculptures at the Museo Atlántico are local residents of Lanzarote.
    10Some of the models used for the sculptures at the Museo Atlántico are local residents of Lanzarote.
  • The Immortal Pyre, another one of the artist’s submerged work off the Spanish island of Lanzarote.
    11The Immortal Pyre, another one of the artist’s submerged work off the Spanish island of Lanzarote.