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Underwater Statue Museum Attempts to Save Coral Reef
By Angela Messina, August 14, 2012 @ 07:45 PM (EST)
Source: The New York Times

Unlike most museums, the Museo Subacuático de Arte is not located in a building. Instead, the museum, home to almost 500 statues, resides underwater off the coast of Cancún, Mexico.

Jason deCaires Taylor is the man behind the art and has been working on this project since 2009. Each statue is modeled after a local man, woman, or child from the nearby fishing village. The statues are home to coral, seaweed, and algae, while fish and even sea turtles are known to venture into the exhibit.

The museum is meant to be both a tourist attraction as well as a conservation effort. In inviting snorkelers and divers away from the nearby coral reef, Taylor hopes to preserve the natural reef while sharing his art.

Some scientists, however, don’t quite see it this way and argue that the coral reef is harmed more by tourist resorts than by visitors to the reef. By inviting more tourists into the area, the statues could only serve to go against conservation efforts.

Either way, the statues serve as a beautiful—if somewhat bizarre—homage to the local Mexican culture.

Read the New York Times article here.

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