The Museo Atlántico: Lanzarote's underwater museum

11 October 2015

An atypical art installation will open in Lanzarote in late 2016 - The Museo Atlántico will house around 300 sculptures based on the island’s inhabitants, completely under water.

There are already hundreds of reasons to visit this sun-kissed island of Lanzarote, but soon there will be one more…

The island, which has already been touched by the creativity of famous artist César Manrique, is set to witness the opening of another spectacular art installation at the end of 2016. Not your average art gallery, the Museo Atlántico will house around 300 sculptures based on the island’s inhabitants, completely under water.

To view the haunting artwork, that complements its surroundings and creates a marine habitat for endemic species, you can either get up close by taking the plunge and diving to the site or if you prefer the more leisurely approach take a submarine or glass-bottomed boat ride to view the spectacle.

The artist responsible for this rare sight, British sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor, was born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother and grew up in Europe and Asia, where his fascination and love for coral reefs began. Not only is Taylor a fully-fledged artist, having graduated from the London Institute of Arts with a BA Honours, he is also a qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist.

He created his first magical underwater world in 2006 off the coast of Grenada and in 2009 went on to co-found the Museo Subacuático de Arte off the coast of Cancun, which has an impressive collection of over 500 sculptures. One of his largest sculptures, ‘Ocean Atlas’, a 60 ton, 17-foot-tall statue of a Bahamian girl who appears to be supporting a ceiling of water on her shoulders, had to be lowered to the ocean floor near Nassau in sections and will also act as an artificial reef. These magnificent works of art are not just a visual attraction they also help support the local marine life, as well as drawing visitors away from the vulnerable natural reefs.

So, along with all the other reasons to visit Lanzarote… beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine, amazing scenery, relaxed atmosphere and more…from 2016 there will now be one more.

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