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PHOTOS: Dive into this UNDERWATER museum

August 05, 2014 10:25 IST

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Welcome to Museo Subacuático de Arte, the world’s first underwater museum. With installations by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, this museum is situated off the coast of Cancun in Mexico. 

Titled Anthropocene, this sculpture sees a little refugee boy resting on a Volkwagen Beetle. 

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Taylor likes using cement sculptures, which allows the growth of reefs. In ‘Silent Evolution, he talks of the way people have gathered to bring about a change in society.

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This piece titled the 'Dream Collector' depicts an underwater archive, maintained by a male registrar. The registrar is collating the message in bottles and categorising the contents according to the nature of each message – fear, hope, loss, or belonging.

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Called Bankers, the installation shows figures burying their heads in the sand. The artist says this piece referencing climate change and global warming, and how people tend to be living in denial at the moment.

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Commenting on materialism, this installation called Inheritance, shows a little boy looking at what he has inherited from his family.  

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The Gardener depicts a young girl lying on garden patio steps, cultivating a variety of plant pots. The pots are propagated with live coral cuttings rescued from areas of the reef system damaged by storms and human activity.

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Reclamation, which uses vibrant purple sea fans after they broke off the reef during a storm, offers a message of rebirth and renewal.

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Silent Evolution shows the “imperceptible changes of nature on human artifice,” as they slowly become transformed by the growth of marine organisms.

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This piece by Roberto Díaz Abraham shows a woman holding the reef in her hand, clearly displaying the love she has for the environment.

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Inertia features an obese man watching TV on his sofa, with what appears to be a fast food hamburger in his lap.


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