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Underwater museum takes art to new depths

The Museo Atlantico becomes Europe's first underwater museum.

Sculptures are placed in a watery grave as part of Europe’s first museum located below the surface of the sea. The Raft of Lampedusa, a sculpted boat carrying 13 refugees by James deCaires Taylor, is housed in The Museo Atlantico.

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor thanked everyone who participated in the project on his social media accounts.

“Thank you to all the wonderful assistants and modelswho made this workpossible.”

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Museo Atlantico facts:

Location.The Museo Atlantico is located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain.

Profundity. The museum, which is constructed 46 feet beneath the surface, is accessible to snorkelers and divers.

Opening. It will be open to visitors from Feb. 15.

In total, 300sculptures will feature in the underwater museum, including man-made, organic and abstract art. The sculptures are constructed in a special cement formula to preserve and protect them against erosion for about 300 years.

 
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