The Cancun Underwater Museum, located in the waters off Isla Mujeres, is getting ready to begin the third phase of its development with the introduction of approximately 60 new sculptures by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. The museum’s first 100 sculptures were unveiled in April 2010.
This summer, de Caires Taylor's newest sculptures include "Urban Reef,” a collection of architectural structures designed for individual inhabitants of the reef system that will be assembled underwater to create a street or suburban complex, and "The Last Supper,” which depicts a dining table carved from a rock outcropping and is laid with plates and cutlery featuring a large bowl filled with fruit and hand grenades as its center piece. Additional sculptures include "Phoenix,” the first kinetic sculpture in the MUSA collection, which is based on a female form whose wings are propagated with living purple gorgonian fan coral, and "The Listener,” which portrays a lone figure that is assembled entirely from casts of human ears molded during a workshop of local Cancun students.
Currently exhibiting over 400 sculptures, forming the world's largest underwater museum, eco-sculptor de Caires Taylor has announced that the new sculptures will be submerged this summer. Since 2010, sculptures have been sunk to the bottom of the ocean in two phases. Since its beginning, the Cancun Underwater Museum was created to facilitate the self-preservation of natural coral reefs in optimal conditions. With this goal, the National Marine Park took the challenge of redirecting tourists from fragile natural habitats to this exhibition of more than 400 sculptures.
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