There are many museums in the world devoted to all types of subjects,
but some of them are quite unique and intriguing. One such museum is
Cancun Underwater Museum. It is the biggest underwater sculpture museum
built so far in the world. To explore this museum you need to wear
snorkel gear and dive under the ocean.
The work on this unique underwater sculpture museum started with the
initiative of Aquaworld. The primary aim of this museum was to protect
marine environment and help varieties of marine life flourish in the
The underwater museum took shape after keen interest shown by Dr.
Jaime Gonzalez Cano. He is the Director of National Park Costa
Occidental Isla Mujeres, Punta Nizuc and Punta Cancun. The idea to
establish the museum came after Dr. Cano browsed the cyberspace for
themes and finally saw the study of a British underwater artist Jason
DeCaires Taylor. President of the Nautical Association, Roberto Diaz,
who is also a sculptor and ceramic artist, also joined Dr. Cano and
Taylor, to begin work on this project in Cancun.
The underwater museum project started in November 2009 and 100
sculptures were placed in the first phase in Cancún National Marine
Park’s shallow waters.
British sculptor and ceramic artist Jason DeCaires Taylor came to Cancun especially for the project and put in 2 years of dedicated effort to
finally create 403 full-size sculptures. Neutral clay was used to make
these concrete sculptures, which were placed on ocean beds with the
specific aim of promoting marine life and help coral reef to flourish.
The ‘Garden of Hope’, ‘Man on Fire’, and ‘Dream Collector’ were the
first to be submerged in the museum. All these three figures depicted
their own messages. Finally, a total of 400 sculptures were submersed in
October 2010, and thus created the ‘Silent Evolution’. The life sized
sculptures were based on people, local children from Cancun, a British
newsman and a mother-to-be.
The Cancun Underwater Museum presently comprises of several ‘rooms’.
Room One, which is situated on Manchones reef, is home to some prominent
sculptures such as ‘The Silent Evolution’, ‘Archive of Lost Dreams’,
‘Man on Fire’, and ‘The Anthropocene’. The location of Room Two is on
Punta Nizuc. Here various sculptures like ‘Accountability’, ‘The Gardner
of Hope’, ‘La Musa del Oceano’, ‘Void’, ‘Inheritance’, and ‘Inertia’
The museum is also attracting a large number of local artists who are
also making significant contributions here. The Cancun Underwater Museum
has succeeded in creating a global curosity and attracting scores of
tourists to Cancun. The museum has also been prominently featured by
Discovery Channel in its popular program ‘Megastructures’. Even a
renowned publication like National Geographic has also published about
The visitors desirous of visiting the Cancun Underwater Museum are
offered dive trips regularly by Aquaworld. This is being provided to
both beginner as well as certified divers. Additionally, snorkeling
expeditions are also offered for visiting the Punta Nizuc sculptures.
The Cancun Underwater Museum has started fulfilling its objectives and
purpose for it was essentially established. The Angel Fish has started
to return to the area it had previously left for unknown reasons. The
return of this species of fish is fascinating indeed. The underwater
museum surely makes an interesting visit.