We came across this great story for divers.

Tuesday, October 19

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The Silent Evolution, Cancún, Mexico


 

Just as Halloween has us preoccupied with creepy stuff, an artwork taking shape in the watery depths off the coast of Mexico has us both disturbed and excited.

Just over 30 feet underwater in the Cancún and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park, 400 statues—each based on a real person—have been arranged into the shape of an enormous eye. The work, called The Silent Evolution, is in the Museo Subacuático de Arte, the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

Jason deCaires Taylor, the British sculptor behind the project, says the aim is to reduce the negative impact tourism has had on Mexico’s reefs, as well as show humans and nature living in harmony: The durable cement statues will become part of a rather spooky artificial reef when coral and aquatic plants take hold.

Officially opening on November 27 (just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference inCancun), you’ll be able to dive and snorkel at the site. Still having nightmares after seeing The Abyss? It will also be possible to spot the submerged group from above.

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