New Artificial Reef Made From Sculptures of Real People

The Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA) is a project designed to divert tourists from the fragile coral reefs of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. British artist Jason de Caires Taylor created  'life casts' made from a special type of cement which encourages coral to grow. He used local Mexican people from a broad cross-section of society for the casts which were then anchored in an area that was originally barren and without much sea life. It is hoped that many of Cancun's 750,000 visiting snorkelers and divers will be drawn to the installation.


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This reminds me of a scene from a Love and Rockets graphic novel. Specifically, the statues of the Palomar townspeople that Humberto creates and sinks in the river after he is forbidden to draw.
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It's art like this that's going to drive the future archeologists crazy.

Now you have to ask yourself how many current museum exhibits are just the work of some artist messing with everyone rather than have some deep social or religious significance....
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