Jason deCaires Taylor has installed the first phase of sculptures in ‘Museo Atlantico’, the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.
The unique, permanent installation is constructed 14m beneath the surface, accessible to snorkelers and divers and was first opened be to visitors from in 2016.
The project draws on the dialogue between art and nature and is designed to create a large scale artificial reef to aggregate local fish species and increase marine biomass, raising awareness of the current threats facing the worlds oceans. The main installation, The Rubicon features a group of 35 people walking towards a gate, described as ‘a point of no return or a portal to another world.’
The project is funded and supported by the government of Lanzarote and will also consist of an underwater botanical garden.