When you think about places to go where you can get away from it all and just veg-out, what comes to mind? For some, it's a hammock in the backyard. For others, it's laying out poolside with a good book. Some, choose a yoga class while others go on a long hike. But, how about a trip to the museum? Or maybe, a trip to the ocean? How about both?
If you are an avid traveler who appreciates fine art, and loves to scuba dive, then the Museo Atlantico is the perfect destination for you! The concept of this underwater museum was conceived with a dual purpose: 1) to promote education and 2) to protect marine and natural environments.
Museo Atlantico is the first European contemporary arts museum of its kind. It is located just 46 feet below sea level, just off the coast of Lanzarote in the Bahia de Las Coloradas.
Featuring work from artist Jason deCaines Taylor, the museum aims to "create a huge artificial reef made up of a series of pH neutral cement sculptures which, over time, will help the marine biomass flourish and facilitate the reproduction of species on the island."
Taylor, an environmental activist in his own right, offered this statement: "We call it a museum for a very important reason. Museums are places of preservation, conservation and education. They’re places where we keep objects of great value to us, where we value them simply for being themselves.”
Be warned. The displays you will encounter, once you take the dive into the water, might spook you out a bit. Taylor has created more than 200 life-sized human figures doing everything from taking pictures to swinging on a swingset.
Since the first pieces were installed last February, the museum has attracted marine life like angel sharks, sardines, octopus, butterfly stingrays, and marine sponges. This type of activity will give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "swimming with the fishes."
In a joint statement, Taylor and Pedro San Giles, president of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, said, "I hope that the Museo Atlántico of Lanzarote represents an entry point to a different world and promotes a better understanding of our precious marine environment and of how much we depend on it."
If by chance you are headed to Spain anytime soon, you might want to take a few scuba lessons before you head out. This is a rare find and promises to be a very unique experience. The museum is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is only $12.80 for a one-hour visit.
Travel and water sports meet eco-friendly art at this rare attraction. Now, that is an escape from the everyday!