Marvel at Underwater SculpturesCancún, Mexico
Equal parts eerie and amazing, this underwater gallery of more than 500 life-size sculptures brings new meaning to interactive art. Occupying 420 square metres of seabed off the coast of Cancún, the Museo Subacuático de Arte is a haunting garden of human faces and bodies. The sculptures, created by dive instructor and graffiti artist Jason deCaires Taylor, surrender to the marine environment over time, transforming into a unique artificial reef that is constantly evolving.
The reef is a magnet for snorkellers and divers, and also helps promote the recovery of sensitive ecosystems by luring visitors away from natural reefs vulnerable to human impact. The museum can also be enjoyed from a glass-bottom boat.
Aquaworld runs snorkelling trips for US$45; diving costs US$65.
Diving underwater to spot these submerged sculptures presents a bit more of a challenge than your average museum.
The sculpture museum is constantly changing as the reef develops and more fish come to populate the area.