Off the coast of Ayia Napa in Cyprus, lies an overly distinctive museum. Punters would possibly best input if they’re dressed in a snorkel…
The Museum of Underwater Sculptures Ayia Napa (MUSAN) is the brainchild of sculptor, environmentalist and photographer Jason deCaires Taylor. He constructed it in particular to assist biodiversity to thrive within the house.
His 93 artworks, produced from a mixture of prime grade marine stainless-steel and a pH impartial concrete, invite marine existence to start out rising on them identical to on synthetic reefs.
Positioned at 8-10 metres deep, those items are designed to draw numerous sea existence. The world’s crystal transparent waters additionally imply it’s appropriate for each divers and snorkelers to discuss with the submerged gallery.
Rewilding the seabed
MUSAN is designed no longer best as a museum however as a rewilding undertaking. Handiest about 10-15 in keeping with cent of the ocean mattress has a forged sufficient substratum to permit reefs to shape naturally, making synthetic replacements crucial a part of underwater conservation.
Synthetic reefs are created on barren stretches of sea beds, clear of wholesome ecosystems. This is helping to attract guests clear of herbal spaces permitting them house and time to get better whilst construction new habitats.
Jason’s earlier initiatives around the globe have all been in particular designed for every location and its natural world.
The sculptures have a textured floor that permits corals, sponges and different microscopic organisms to connect to and develop. In flip this creates properties and meals assets for different marine existence. The purpose at MUSAN, like the opposite websites, is for the sculptures to conform over the years as creatures inhabit the gap.
“A large number of sculptures develop into, they have got corals that develop on them, they have got sponges that adhere to the surfaces,” says Jason.
“They have develop into habitat areas for marine existence in order that they virtually paintings on a twofold goal. You realize, first as artworks, which basically talk about social problems, but additionally as residing, respiring synthetic reefs.”
Museum with a venture
Jason says the museum has many alternative narratives inside of it. One of the crucial key issues centres across the energy of knowledge and its talent to create alternate. That is represented thru figures of youngsters all pointing cameras at every different.
“It is about inspiring other people to observe what is going on, to carry other people liable for how our global is converting and to take a look at and have an effect on a greater result,” Jason explains.
MUSAN is only a few hundred metres from Ayia Napa’s Pernera seaside, throughout the Ayia Napa Synthetic Reef Marine Secure House (MPA).
“Marine analysis is a concern topic to create consciousness among the society, throughout the museum. […] We think that within the years yet to come, the museum will draw in numerous other people and can alternate other people’s perspective in opposition to the security of the marine surroundings,” says Giorgos Bayadas from the Division of Fisheries and Marine Analysis.
Watch the video above to discover the underwater museum.