THE Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Art Museum has revealed a spectacular new addition - 400 human statues. Created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the sculptures were made using “life casts of real people”. Created with PH neutral concrete, the sculptures will allow algae and small invertebrates to flourish, boosting the local ecosystem. The appearance of the sculptures will change over time as the coral reefs and marine life grow.
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The museum plans to install more than 400 concrete sculptures off the coast of Mexico from artists around the world.
1.The cement finish and chemical composition of Vicissitudes actively promotes the colonisation of coral and marine life / Jason de Caires Taylor
2.Amazing and eerie underwater sculptures of 26 life size figures at Grenada, West Indies.
The sculptures, called Vicissitudes, show a circle of figures which are linked through holding hands. These are life-size casts taken from a group of children of diverse ethnic background / Jason de Caires Taylor
3.Created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the sculptures were created using "life casts of real people". Picture: Barcroft Pacific
4.Underwater sculpture of faces / Jason de Caires Taylor
5.Man on Fire has 75 holes planted with fire coral. Picture: Jason de Caires Taylor
6.Dream Collector features dozens of bottles containing messages. Picture: Jason de Caires Taylor
7.The new sculptures were carefully submerged to a variety of different depths throughout the national park. Picture: Barcroft Pacific