Vacations & Travel - - Travel Talk - Musamex­

For some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, head for the waters off Can­cun, Isla Mu­jeres and Punta Nizuc in Mex­ico to ex­plore the in­cred­i­ble Un­der­wa­ter Mu­seum of Art. MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was es­tab­lished in 2009 to help with con­ser­va­tion of one of the world’s clear­est bod­ies of wa­ter: Mex­ico’s Na­tional Marine Park. Nine years later there are more than 500 life-sized sculp­tures on the sea floor – one of the largest and most am­bi­tious un­der­wa­ter ar­ti­fi­cial art at­trac­tions in the world. The Mu­seum aims to “demon­strate the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween art and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and form part of a com­plex reef struc­ture for marine life to colonise and in­habit while in­creas­ing biomass on a grand scale”. There are three gal­leries – Sa­lon Man­chones, Sa­lon Nizuc and Punta Sam – with all of the sculp­tures fixed to the seabed and made from spe­cialised ma­te­ri­als used to pro­mote coral life. While qual­i­fied scuba divers can ex­plore the un­der­wa­ter art on a scuba tour, there is also a glass-bot­tomed boat that show­cases the con­tem­po­rary mu­seum.

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