The Museo Atlántico Lanzarote is the only underwater museum in Europe. It has more than 300 sculptures and is located in the bay of Las Coloradas on the south coast of the island of Lanzarote.
It is work by artist Jason deCaires Taylor in which he wanted to go beyond underwater art, creating an artificial reef over an area of 2,500 square meters to unite art and nature through marine life.
Jason deCaires is a great lover of nature and ensures that all of his creations contribute to the development of marine life, using materials such as pH-neutral concrete which, over time, will serve to increase marine biomass and ensure the success of species native to Lanzarote.
THE MUSEO ATLÁNTICO IN THE WATERS OF LANZAROTE
The Museo Atlántico is located 12 meters under the sea over an area of 2,500 square meters, off the coast of Las Coloradas, managed under administrative concession by the CACT Lanzarote.
The area of Las Coloradas (Playa Blanca) was chosen as the museum’s location because of the special physical characteristics of the sea floor. After an environmental impact study an area with very little marine life was chosen, so as to allow the installation of Jason DeCaires’ collection of sculptures.
The underwater museum can be accessed through official EOMAS diving centers, which are distributed throughout the island of Lanzarote and are responsible for transportation and guided tours by expert divers. If you are not accredited as a diver you can request information at any of the official EOMAS dive centers.
HOW HAS THE UNDERWATER MUSEO ATLÁNTICO CHANGED MARINE LIFE?
The results have been very positive according to the latest 2017 study, which was carried out by an environmental consultant and a team of Marine Science and Environmental Science specialists.
The study shows the evolution of the museum throughout its first year (from January 2016 to January 2017) and the results among mobile organisms (i.e. those that move, such as fish, starfish and crabs) and immobile organisms, or those that move very little (like algae, anemones and sponges, … etc.) are amazing.
Mobile organism results:
• There has been an increase of over 200% in species variety. In other words, there is twice as much biodiversity.
• Marine life has multiplied by 3.5. To put it another way, there has been a 300% increase in the number of individuals of each species.
• The biomass, or weight of these organisms, has also multiplied by 55, which shows that within the area of the Museo Altántico there are more organisms and/or larger individuals.
The Museo Atlántico Lanzarote, far from being just an underwater museum, is a place bursting with life thanks to the work of British artist Jason deCaire who conceived it as a living and constantly changing work of art.