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Vicissitudes show a circle of figures which are linked through holding hands.
They are life-size casts taken from a group of children

This winter, tourists to the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula off the coast of Cancun, Mexico will have one more thing to look forward to – an amazing underwater museum featuring 400 sculptures, inspired from both contemporary and Mayan influences. (Pics)

Scheduled to open in November, the Subaquatic Sculpture Museum will be the world’s largest underwater museum. It has been commissioned by Mexico’s West Coast National Park, who hopes to divert visitor attention away from the area’s coral reefs, which have been severely damaged thanks to the almost 300,000 tourists that visit the area, each year.

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The cement finish and chemical composition of Vicissitudes
actively promotes the colonization of coral and marine life

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Eerie underwater sculpture of faces

Park officials are hoping that visitors will now choose to snorkel to the museum, giving the coral a chance to recover and become stronger.

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Grace Reef is a series of sixteen figures each cast from the body of a Grenadian woman

Jason de Caires Taylor, who created the first underwater museum off the island of Grenada, is the vision behind this one too. As with all of Jason’s musuems, this one will be extremely eco-friendly – The sculptures will be propagated with ‘live’ coral to create artificial coral reef, while the surrounding water will be maintained with the perfect chemical composition to allow algae and small creatures to thrive. To view additional pictures of Jason’s previous underwater projects check out his site at www.underwatersculpture.com.

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Sculpture of a man on a bike

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Lost Correspondent shows a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter.
On the desk are newspaper articles dating back th the 1970’s

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Swimmers will be able to visit up to 400 figures when the museum is finished

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Coral will grow on the figures over time

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This photo gives a good perspective of the depth of water in which the park exists

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The symbol of the dove will not be recognizable in a couple weeks

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Many of the images will change over time

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Sculpture of Sienna being anchored into place

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A diver touches the sculpture Sienna, a character from a short story
by Jacob Ross “A Different Ocean”. She is a young girl gifted in free diving

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Some of the locals are closely inspecting the strange items being moved into the neighborhood

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Via bp-photo

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