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The First Ever Underwater Museum In Europe Is Officially Open

Travelers Today       By    Hazel Zol Marie Baloyo

Updated: Jan 11, 2017 04:52 AM EST

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Taking museums to a whole new level, Europe just opened its first underwater museum on the tenth oh January 2017. The underwater museum is off the coast of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

Jason deCaires Taylor, the artist behind all the beautiful sculptures had finally finished his masterpiece and the museum or should be known as Museo Atlantico is officially open. The museum contains more than 300 beautifully created life-sized figures of human sculptures, which took 3 Taylor 3 years to make and an approximate number of 12 installations.

The museum is 12-14 meters under the water and is designed to be an underwater botanical garden. Where there are mirrors to reflect the movement of the ocean and the human figures to attract sea creatures such as angel sharks, shoals, octopuses, marine sponges, and butterfly stingrays. The whole purpose of the museum was not only to become an attraction but also stands as an environmental awareness and a promotion to the marine life.

The artificial reef is accessible at the starting amount of 8EUR for snorkelers and 12EUR for scuba divers, this already includes the ride from the Marina Rubicon port located in the south of the island.

Aside from the sculptures, there is also a wall with the length of 30 meters and the weight of 100 ton, it is one of the newest installations that is called "Crossing the Rubicon" as 35 figures are also installed to look like they're about to enter the gateway.

This installation is 'intended to be a monument to absurdity, a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction,' stated the British artist. The whole project "aims to mark 2017 as a pivotal moment, a line in the sand and reminder that our world's oceans and climate are changing and we need to take urgent action before it's too late." He added. Tune in on Travelers Today for more travel news, tips and updates.

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