Underwater Sculptures Give Sea Creatures a Haunting New Habitat

Posted April 6th, 2011

Mexico, Sculptures

Sea plants and animals make a home on Man on Fire, an underwater sculpture at Mexico’s Museo Subacuático de Arte.

Wired has new photos from our favorite sculpture park: “An underwater art museum off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has opened a new “room” filled with concrete sculptures that depict scenes from modern life, while creating new homes for sea creatures.

Titled What Have We Done?, the installation at Museo Subacuático de Arte, or MUSA, features statues of a woman in an evening gown and a guy eating dinner in front of a television, among others. The newest aquatic exhibition opened last month in Punta Nizuc. The shallow region off the coast of Cancun has 12-foot-deep water well-suited for snorkelers.

“Water is a malleable medium,” principal artist Jason deCaires Taylor told in an e-mail interview. “The large number of angles and perspectives from which the sculptures can be viewed dramatically increases the unique experience of encountering the works.”

Complete story and more pictures at Wired