Cancun’s underwater museum of art has made big news worldwide and a new sculpture is going to be placed soon. It’s an ongoing eco-project that can be enjoyed whilst diving and snorkeling in Cancun. We bring you the new sculpture to be placed on the Cancun Underwater Museum.
What can we find in MUSA?
The museum in Cancun currently includes over 490 submerged statues and it’s one of the biggest artificial reefs in the world. This huge eco-project began in 2009 when the first three life sized statues were created and sunk beside Cancun’s reefs. Diving in Cancun just got better with this amazing marine display. Fish and other sea life use the sculptures to breed and this is helping the eco-system to regenerate and thrive once again.
Underwater sculptures in Cancun, Mexico. Art and nature combined!
MUSA is an ongoing project; local artists have also contributed to the cause.
Although British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor is the main contributor to the Cancun Underwater Museum, another 6 local artists also have their works of art placed in the ocean. The latest sculpture is still to be placed on local Cancun reef ‘Chitales’. The main problem with the continuation of the Cancun museum is funding, the National Marine Park of Cancun was the main reason the project was able to take off but now further projects are still in the pipeline.
Cuban artist Elier Amado Gil is the next artist to add his sculpture to MUSA
Elmer has a degree in sculpture, he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Cuba in 2006. He was teaching in the Culture Institute in Cancun which is where he found out about MUSA and demonstrated his urge to help with the project.
His sculpture currently sits at the entrance to the Cancun All Inclusive hotel Moon Palace. It’s one of six pieces and this one is called ‘Bendiciones’, (blessing in English).
The piece was placed at the hotel to mark the Tianguis Turistico 2014 which took place earlier this year. The statue represents the creation of man (there is a sculpture for each of the six days) and the symbolic sign of the blessing used by priests in the Catholic church.
Eventually this sculpture will be submerged on Chitales reef area for tourists to come and visit. Snorkeling in Cancun is a must do when visiting and the museum offers added interest to hundreds of tourists every year.
Elier has placed more statues under the sea as a major contribution to MUSA. These include ‘Understanding’, ‘Ice Breaker’, and ‘Threshhold’, all of which can be seen at Punta Nizuc. These areas are shallow so the sculptures can be seen more clearly.
Get ready for a new adventure at the bottom of the sea, Book your dive now! Or the good news is that you don’t have to be certified to visit the Cancun underwater Museum. You can take a Discover Scuba class for beginners and visit MUSA Manchones. Or take a snorkel tour and view the statues from the surface of the water.