It was a chit chat between Jason DeCaires Taylor, an English artist and Jaime Gonzalez, director of the National Park and Roberto Diaz, the then president of the Nautical association for Cancun and Isla Mujeres that led to a discussion to do something to alter the damage done to the local coral reefs. These natural gardens were adversely affected by calamities and immoral human activities. Thus the three of them decided to submerge life sized statues underwater creating an artificial reef region where corals could thrive without any danger to their existence. Thus was born the Underwater Museum of Cancun providing a home to the otherwise threatened marine life. The museum is located in the National Marine Park on the West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.
The figures were surrounded with corals. Over time the sculptures were also covered with them due to their natural propagation. The boats and other requirements for the sinking of the sculptures were provided by Aquaworld. This was not an easy task as it involved not just the submerging of hundreds of statues but also protecting their delicate features while doing the same! Today the underwater museum has three ‘salons’ and around 460 statues sculpted by Jason and some other local artists. Swimming through and around the underwater statues is an amazing experience. These sculptures not only help in preserving corals but are also a symbol of our current environmental situation. They send out the message of how human actions can adversely affect nature.
The local dive shops are the best means to travel to the underwater world. The reef dives help us to see all the corals that grown over the years. We also get to see more marine life on the reefs than anywhere else. You will be missing out on one of the most amazing man-made art pieces if you have never been to The Cancun Underwater Museum. Further you also miss the chance to submerge yourself in one of the most beautiful and clear waters of the world; The Caribbean. The project was successful in preserving the once almost extinct corals. Visitors get the opportunity to visit these pristine natural reefs while also getting a chance to peek at some gorgeous sculptures. Though artificially created, the sculptures are made using special materials that promote marine life and boost the coral system.
The Dream Collector was one of the first of Jason’s sculptures to be submerged in 2009. It depicts an underwater archive guarded and protected by a registrar. The Silent Evolution is the most incredible part of the Cancun Underwater Museum. Completed in 2010, the collection comprises of 450 life sized sculptures that form the shape of an eye. The structure helps in dispersing currents and tropical storms. These marine concrete sculptures are moulded from real people and is notable for bringing back the angelfish after its sudden disappearance. Time Bomb is another set of sculptures submerged in 2012 indicating the lack of time to get rid of global warming. The Bacab sculpted in the shape of a turtle with hollow inlets lets juvenile fishes to breed and inhabit. Other famous collections include The Banker, Urban Reef and Anthropocene.
Vacationing at Cancun is an experience beyond imagination. The place is also famous for its eco – parks, luxurious spas and romantic locations. Cancun water sports can keep even the most avid enthusiast extremely thrilled. You can go scuba diving, snorkelling, sport fishing or even chartering in your own sail boat! Divers and snorkellers get the best opportunity to lavish in the glory of the museum. Tourists can also take a high powered speed boat ride to and from the Underwater Museum. Cancun is also associated with the Mayan civilization. Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba are some of the most beautiful remnants from the past. Nightlife at Cancun is another major attraction for many of its visitors. The bohemian Puerto Morelos is a friendly, laid-back fishing village located only 35 km from Cancun.
Food at Cancun is also very mouth watering. There is everything from downtown traditional Mexican restaurants to posh chic ones. Hotels Playa La Media Luna, Na Balam and Fiesta Americana are the nearest residential areas from the museum. Americana has an amazing beach front location with the sea right there when you want to swim. Cancun International airport is a 25 minute drive from the restaurant. But it is hotel Na Balam that has the best beach in the Caribbean. The services offered include both Mayan and vegetarian cuisines. Playa, on the other hand, offers guests solitary bliss. It has a secluded beach front and is within walking distance to a variety of restaurants and shops.
Cancun is one of the most romantic locations in the world. Weddings at Cancun are indeed a one of a kind experience. The white powdery sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters remind us of a Bohemian masterpiece. It is an adventure that takes us through the treasures of nature. Jason de Caires Taylor has gained international recognition for his wonderful invention. His sculptures represent the various ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationship between modern art and environment. To those people who are unaware of the beauty of marine life, the museum takes you through an incredible journey. The museum speaks volumes of how stunning the underwater world is!