Graduated with honors from his bachelor in the London Institute of Arts, Jason de Caires Taylor, creator of the Silent Evolution, situated in MUSA (Cancun Underwater Museum) is an award winning underwater sculptor and photographer with more than 20 years of diving experience under his belt.
He spent much of his early childhood in Asia were he perhaps gained a love for coral reefs as he often dived the waters of Malaysia. He started the first underwater sculpture park in 2006 in the West Indies and soon went on to co-found MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art in 2009 along with Jaime Gonzalez Cano, Director of the National Marine Park and Roberto Diaz Abraham.
With over 500 sculptures from several artists, the underwater museum draws over 750,000 visitors per year.
The goal of MUSA was to protect the natural resources and reefs of the region by placing artificial barriers that allow people to still enjoy the natural habitats of the diverse underwater creatures but also to take in the mystifying and magical art while also protecting Mexico’s rich beauty and important ecology.
One of the most important sculpture of MUSA is The Silent Evolution. Jason deCaires used real models to create images of people depicted in various situations for a very dramatic and stunning effect. The individual sculptures representing 400 life sized sculptures of people from various cultures around the world blend nature and art in one elaborate fusion.
Occupying an area of more than 420 square meters and with a total weight of over 200 tons, the effect is priceless and draws curious visitors ranging from art enthusiasts to scuba divers.
Just off the cost of Isla Mujeres in the the Machones reefs, The Silent Evolution of MUSA is a great adventure for those looking for something unique and unforgettable.
These sculptures are surely evolving every day as more and more marine life grow and live among them. ‘Eventually this underwater society will be totally assimilated by marine life, transformed to another state—a challenging metaphor for the future of our own species‘ says James Buxton.
The effect is priceless, drawing curious visitors ranging from art enthusiasts to scuba divers. Just off the cost of Isla Mujeres in the the Machones reefs, The Silent Evolution of MUSA is a great adventure for those looking for something unique and unforgettable.
Want to visit the Silent Evolution in MUSA?
Check out Aquaworld’s snorkel or diving packages in the Underwater Museum. The underwater snorkel tour consists of 2 hours of wandering through the sculptures a in the beautiful clear waters as well as the chance to experience visual interaction with the diverse sea life ranging from tropical and colorful fishes to turtles and so much more.
Made from marine cement the eerily detailed and live-like sculptures are now covered with algae, coral and other sea plants and living things offering a colorful and extraordinary display.
As the turtles and fish dart back and forth throughout the exhibition, you cannot help but be impressed and inspired. Take a closer look with Aquaworld’s diving package after you check out how to become a certified diver through Auqaworld’s diving certification course.
The 2 tank dive to MUSA allows you to get up close and personal with the sculptures to really check out the details of not only the amazing art but also the creatures that have made the pieces their home.
Check out how much the underwater museum has grown, from 3 pieces back in 2009 to more than 500 today and still planning more! Diving has a minimum age of 10, while snorkeling is 5 years of age.
Each tour requires children under 18 to be accompanied by an adult. Want to explore the beautiful and eerily mysterious yet soothing underwater of Mexico? Consider a diving or snorkeling tour today! MUSA and the other nearby reefs are a world of their own awaiting you on your journey.