With over 300 works spread over 12 installations, Europe’s first underwater museum has just opened off Lanzarote. Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museo Atlantico is a heroic work we’ve been following for years. In fact, his The Rubicon was even named one of our top 10 art installations of 2016.
The entire structure has been officially inaugurated, with deCaires’ work mixing aesthetic beauty and environmental sensibility.
Over time, the sculptures transform into something magical that only the sea can create.
DeCaires speaks to issues of marine ecology with his new piece The Gyre. Consisting of 200 life-size forms in a circular formation, the underwater statue has a poignant message.
“The artistic installation reminds us that we have evolved from marine life, and are all subject to the movements and will of the ocean,” deCaires shares with us in an email.
“The piece embodies our naked vulnerability to its inherent power, and our fragility in the face of its cycles. It provides the oxygen we breathe, it regulates our climate. And it provides a vital source of nutrition to millions of people.”