Located in Cyprus, here’s a look at the first underwater museum in the Mediterranean

Gazing at relics underwater must be one thrilling experience. And bringing it to you is renowned sculptor and artist Jason deCaires Taylor with the Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN) in Cyprus. Yes, that’s right!

Touted as the first underwater museum in the Mediterranean, MUSAN is said to be an underwater forest full of beautiful life that narrates a story about its home. It is located 200 meters off the coast of Aiya Napa and is hoped to boost tourism within the region.

Visitors are invited to dive into a world of underwater treasures, exploring a trove of statues and an “alternative underwater universe,” where the focus is marine life. They can gaze at organic structures over eight meters and revel at trees, children at play, and whimsical characters for divers and snorkelers.

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Keeping in mind ecological sustainability, each sculpture is made from pH-neutral materials to prevent a negative impact on the environment. The relics are further designed to act as a new home for marine life and help it bloom even more in the time to come.

Commenting on it, Marine Argyrou, director of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, said, “I firmly believe that Jason’s 93 artworks will be a haven for many sea creatures and will contribute to the development of biodiversity in the area.”

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He further added, “The underwater museum will be a living visual and ecological experience, with works of art interacting with nature and evolving over time, and I’m certain it will bring people closer to the marine environment and the conservation and protection of our marine ecosystem.”

Complete with 93 art pieces, MUSAN aims at “combining two disparate wonders, one created by man and one designed by nature.” Would you fancy visiting it?

[Via: My Modern Met]

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