The fascinating Underwater Museum of Cancun
It was back in the year 2009 when the idea came to be! Mr. Jaime Gonzalez along with the director of the National Marine Park- former president of the Nautical Association of Cancun-, and talented sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor met and created this revolutionary and artistic concept, that today goes by the name the Underwater Museum of Cancun, MUSA. The project has one purpose at hand: Demonstrate the perfect balance between art and love toward nature, while preserving the natural environment.
The Underwater Museum of Cancun started with 500 fixed sculptures in the bottom of the ocean, made from materials that foster and encourage the natural development of reef flora and fauna, under a 420 m2 surface. It annually receives over 100 thousand visitors, who seek to live a unique artistic experience!
Currently, the museum seeks out to increase the number of sculptures deposited under the sea; this initiative will begin by introducing the creative and fascinating works of Cuban artist Elier Amado. During the Tianguis Turistico- to take place in Cancun in the month of May- this project will be presented before investors, wholesalers and authorities.
This is merely phase one of a series of measures planned out to be incorporated through the year, with the purpose of attracting more visitors- particularly locals who aren’t familiar with the Underwater Museum of Cancun-. According to Ana Gallagher, external consultant of the museum, it’s a shame that so many local residents aren’t aware of the fascinating artwork hidden beneath the ground, in the depths of the Mexican Caribbean.
During a press conference, Ms. Gena Bezanilla, executive director of the Underwater Museum of Cancun announced that thanks to advertising campaigns in the past, the Japanese TV Network NHK will carry out special programs that will revolve around the Underwater Museum of Cancun. Simultaneously, a Canadian documentary about the Ángel Azul (Blue Angel in English) sculpture will be exhibited in several artistic festivals in Washington and Barcelona.
One of the main goals for the year 2014 is introducing the Underwater Museum of Cancun in the Google Cultural Institute as one of the main art galleries of the world; there are also plans to carry out the very first underwater Google Map that will show online these fascinating sculptures.
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