Artist behind world's first underwater sculpture park locates submerged forest
- A sunken forest is located off the coast of Pernera beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
- This is a project with the intent of highlighting "rewilding our natural spaces"
- It has an entry on Pernera Beach, which leads to an entrance with a floating platform that goes down to the underwater sculptures.
Unveiling his latest sub-aquatic project, the artist behind the world's first underwater sculpture park has located a magnificent submerged forest off the shore of Pernera beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. There are 93 sculptures in Cyprus' Museum of Underwater Sculpture (Musan), which cost €1 million ($1.1 million) to build.
As part of the artwork, Taylor intends to bring attention to "rewilding our natural spaces" as well as "reforesting areas of barren habitat." Taylor said that he tried to instill as many references to climate change as he could.
A crane lowered the sculptures, which were composed of inert pH neutral materials that attract marine life and were positioned at varying depths so that the biodiversity of the region might be "enriched" by their presence over time
Taylor said that They're meant to let natural growth settle on the substrate. On each of the sculptures' heads, which contain very intricate habitat regions, he could already detect a thin layer of algae. They were also teeming with tiny young fish.
As a result of the global outbreak, Taylor spent two to three years working on Musan, which was originally set to debut last year. They started building the projrct in March last year. They faced a lot of difficulties in movement and assembling of materials.
On land, the museum has an entry on Pernera Beach, which leads to an entrance with a floating platform that goes down to the underwater sculptures. Both Divers and snorkelers enthusiasts can enjoy Musan, which Taylor describes as some of the greatest visibility he has ever seen. He mentions that it is more of a temperate area than a tropical area. Hence, it will attract numerous species of marine life.
In one of the sculptures, a desolate stretch of sand in the Mediterranean Sea, the world's most overfished sea, can be seen. It's supposed to communicate the idea that we need to pay close attention to these protected areas and speak about regulating them in a tighter manner.
Musan is a junction between the department of Fisheries and Marine research, the Ayia Napa municipality and the Ministry of tourism.
The sunken museum will be a live ocular and ecological experience, that will include a combination of art and nature and also the progress with time. The director of the department of Fisheries and Marine Research , Marina Argyrou was at the launch of the project where he stated that Musan will bring people closer to the Marine environment and people will be more concerned about our marine ecosystem.
The tickets to the museum can be booked through local dive centers. Taylor’s main work is to promote the conservation of ocean and to call attention on the impact of climate change.
At present Taylor is working on new exhibits for Australia’s Museum of Underwater Art in Townsville, northern Queensland located on the Great Barrier Reef, more than half of its corals have been lost in the last 20 years.
He also said that he has been talking to the Grenadian government about the chance of creating a new underwater installation on the same island where his first project was launched, which was in 2006. He set afloat an underwater museum which had six portrait sculptures weighing about 10tons in France earlier this year near Cannes