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Now You Can Swim While Experiencing Art With Europe’s First Underwater Art Museum

What’s way cooler than your go to regular art museum, in the city? An underwater art museum! Yes, you read that right and if you want to explore how art truly looks underwater, all you have to do is travel to Lanzarote in Spain.

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

‘Museo Atlantico’ , opened in Lanzarote, Spain this week and it’s literally breathtaking (if you can hold your breath for long, i.e.!). Designed by British eco-sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, this fabulous underwater museum features over 300 works, across 12 installations, all preserved beautifully under water. The installations that are preserved underwater represent a gateway to another world, according to the museum. They also lay emphasis on promoting a better understanding of the marine world and how much the human species depends on the environment under the sea.

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

The collection is about 14- metres deep and has taken about two years to complete and now it’s a permanent fixture in the Canary Islands. It was designed to be a ‘large scale artificial reef’, built with neutral pH materials, which are environment friendly and attract life underwater.

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

According to the museum they “have already experienced a significant increase in the levels of generation and abundance of species, and are already being frequented by angel sharks, shoals of barracuda and sardines, octopus, marine sponges and the occasional butterfly stingray.”

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

The art museum also includes a 100 tonne 30-metre long wall, a botanical sculpture garden and a whirlwind formation made up from almost 200 human figures! Fancy that! 

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

So the next time you’re planning a vacation and don’t know were to head, think pristine, blue-green waters and art to go along with it. How cool would it be to venture to the Canary Islands and experience the best museum tour ever! Though the museums need to create a “strong visual dialogue between art and nature, by creating a large scale artificial reef”, it’s surely making a global impact on sustaining ocean life and changing everyone’s perception on how to communicate better with life under water.

 

Europe's First Underwater Art Museum(c)CACT Lanzarote

It’s a given, that man has explored a lot in space and still continues to do so but there is so much unknown left to explore underneath ocean beds and we’re glad Spain has taken a step towards that!

Source of news : Mensxp

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