The underwater  Museum Lanzarote “Museo Atlántico”

The underwater Museum Lanzarote ” Museo Atlántico” has been conceived as a place to promote education and preserve and protect the marine and natural environment as an integral part of the system of human values. Jason deCaires Tayor sends us a latent message in his work: the defence of the oceans. This museum project is creating 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.

Location

The museum is 12 metres deep down pristine waters near the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bahía de Las Coloradas, a place that was chosen mainly due to the physical characteristics of its sea bottom. It covers a 2,500-square-metre surface that divers and scuba divers will have access to. The museum will be a tourist and cultural attraction.

Office hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Monday to Friday)

Diving hours: 10:00 to 16:00

Last diving visit:15:30

The `Museo Atlántico´ has safety ship available.

Information point:

  • `Museo Atlántico´ Office: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00 Tel. 901 200 300
  • La Casa Amarilla: C/ León y Castillo, Nº 6, Arrecife, Lanzarote. 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday. Saturdays 10:00 to 14:00.

Adults Diving: 12,00 €

Adults  Free diving: 8,00 € (Reservation only with  Official diving centers

*An  approved diving license until 16 meters  is needed

*Rate doesn’t include  scuba equipment nor transport (+INFO: 901 200 300)

1 hour maximum in the water. Departures will depend on  the official diving center selected. The visit is always  guided

The official diving center will provide you the necessary equipment

Diving license required: Approved license to dive until 16 meters  deph.

Diving is not recommended in the following cases:

  • People with a heart condition, asthma or with a cold
  • People with a hangover or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Pregnant women.

* Under age must ask for requirements  to  the  official  diving center selected

2% of the profits made by Museo Atlántico shall be destined to protection, dissemination and research projects related to life in the sea of Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. If you wish to become a friend of the Museo Atlántico, and be a part of this cause, you may do so as follows amigosdelma@centrosturisticos.com. Once you have made your first donation, you shall receive a Museo Atlántico sponsorship card, and you shall be occasionally informed of projects related to donations. For further details regarding the commitment the Museo Atlántico has with sustainability, art, and nature, you may check our rules of sustainability.

An Underwater Museum

From galleries to an underwater world

Jason deCaires Taylor has created mysterious underwater worlds where art evolves as a consequence of the effects of nature. Greek mythology already used the ocean as a metaphor for the origins of humanity, embryonic waters, where gods such as Zeus and Aphrodite were born. Humans have developed surrounded by two third parts of a relatively unknown surface. In the context of arts, this underwater world has been physically untouchable to date, impossible to experiment with in its true essence. A gravity that is watery and private at once. A connection between humans and nature, present in the work of the artist, with a romantic and apocalyptic touch that questions our future.

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Jason DeCaires Taylor has been called the “Jaques Cousteau of the Art World” by the Foreign Policy magazine. He is an internationally renowned sculptor who creates living underwater pieces.He was born in 1974, to an English father and Guanayese mother, Taylor was born in Europe, in the southeast of England, and graduated at the London Institute of Arts in 1998, with an Honours BA in sculpture. He later became a diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With more than 20 years’ experience diving, Taylor has won underwater photography awards for dramatic images that capture the evolution of sculptures and the metamorphic effects of the ocean. In 2006, Taylor founded and created the first sculpture underwater park in the world, located on the west coast of Grenada in the Antilles, considered one of the 25 Wonders of the World by the National Geographic, and essential when the decision was made by the local government to name it a protected underwater national area. In 2009, he created MUSA (Underwater Art Museum), a monumental museum with a collection of more than 500 sculptures that are submerged near the coast of Cancun; described by Forbes as a unique tourist destinations in the world. Such permanent and ambitious public work have a practical objective whose aim is to facilitate a positive interaction between people and the fragile underwater habitat.[/span8][/columns]Taylor’s art is unique, a paradox of creation: still objects made to be absorbed by the ocean and later turned into living coral reefs, portraying human intervention as positive and encouraging. Numerous publications and documentaries have outlined his extraordinary work, including the BBC, CNN, USAToday, the Guardian, Vogue, New Scientist and the Discovery Channel. However, nothing can truly show the ephemeral nature of his art, as each visit is unique and subjective, subject to the floating dynamic of the ocean.

Environmental Awareness

His pioneering public art pieces are prime examples of preservation. Works of art that aim to encourage social change and promote environmental awareness, as well as offer us the chance to appreciate the astonishing beauty of the underwater world. During the summer of 2014, Taylor submerged “Ocean Atlas” in the Bahamas, currently the largest individual underwater sculpture to date, 5-metre tall and weighing more than 60 tonnes.
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Route of The Museo Atlántico

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Los Jolateros

A group of children on brass boats, called “jolateros”, making reference to a local tradition and also a metaphor of a possible future for our children, and how precarious it would be to sail on a brass boat.

Inmortal

Molded from a local fisherman from La Graciosa island, on the north coast of Lanzarote, the sculpture is made up of a series of concrete sticks and it is representing a traditional funeral pyre.

The Raft of Lampedusa

Reflecting on the human crisis based on Gericáult’s painting. It represents how sailors were abandoned in the shipwreck off the coast of Senegal. The sculpture aims to show the parallelism between that controversial situation and the current refugee crisis, where many people are being abandoned by society, due to a lack of humanity. Making us think of hope and loss at the same time, paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in their journey. The shape of the boat is inspired by dinghies that arrive at the island of Lanzarote.

Disconnected

Couple taking a “selfie” makes us think of the use of the new technologies and encourages us to take an inward look at ourselves. This sculpture will be placed next to La Balsa de Lampedusa so the camera takes a tragic moment and turns it into an event in the “background” worth documenting. A harsh reality for some, becomes a show for others.

Crossing The Rubicón

Crossing the Rubicon consists of a group of 35 figures walking towards an underwater wall and entrance, a boundary between two realities and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean. The wall, which is part industrial, part organic, stretches 30 metres long and 4 metres high and contains a single rectangular doorway at its centre. The wall is intended to be a monument to absurdity, a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction. It emphasises that the notions of ownership and territories are irrelevant to the natural world. In times of increasing patriotism and protectionism the wall aims to remind us that we cannot segregate our oceans, air, climate or wildlife as we do our land and possessions. We forget we are all an integral part of a living system at our peril.

Hybrid Garden

A merge of nature and humanity living in harmony, and at the same time making a reference to the rich vegetation of Lanzarote. These sculptures are half human, half cactus, and are an important part of the botanic garden.

The Portal

The Portal depicts a hybrid animal/human sculpture looking into a large square mirror, which reflects the moving surface of the ocean. Forming part of the underwater botanical garden the concept is intended to portray water within water, an interface or looking glass into another world, the blue world. The mirror is elevated on a series of cactus forms which contain a series of small compartments and “living stations” designed to attract octopus, sea urchins and juvenile fish.

Deregulated

Deregulated consists of a children’s playground enjoyed by suited businessmen. A swing, a sea-saw, a play dolphin ride all demonstrate the insouciance and arrogance of the corporate world towards the natural world. The sea-saw references a petroleum extraction pump, a comment on the control of these fossil fuels and their unregulated use. The dolphin ride is indicative of the burden we are placing on marine species and its ultimate collapse if left unchecked.

Photographers

Just like the “selfie” couple, photographers start a debate about the use of new technologies and voyeurism.

The Human Gyre

The last exhibit in Museo Atlantico is the Human Gyre, over 200 life-size figurative works creating a vast circular formation or gyre. Consisting of various models of all ages and from all walks of life, the positioning of the figures constructs a complex reef formation for marine species to inhabit and is a poignant statement for visitors to take with them at the end of the tour. The artistic installation reminds us that we have evolved from marine life, and are all subject to the movements and will of the ocean. The piece embodies our naked vulnerability to its inherent power, and our fragility in the face of its cycles and immense force. It provides the oxygen we breathe, it regulates our climate and it provides a vital source of nutrition to millions of people.

Come visit!

A door to the ocean

If you wish to discover the Museo Atlántico you must do so with a certified diving company. Diving companies have EDG-trained instructors (Eco Diver Guides). For further information visit museoatlantico@centrosturisticos.com

You may enjoy watching the sculptures and taking photographs if you wish. Underwater photographs are allowed, as long as the additional copyright fee is accepted, and photographs taken are not used for commercial purposes. If you wish to make commercial use of the photographs taken, you must contact our copyright department. Click to e-mail the copyright deparment

In order to get an Accreditation Certificate as an Eco Diver Guide, you must do the training taught by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. If you are interested, e-mail us at acreditacionesma@centrosturisticos.com

Download the map including the suggested underwater route for this first phase.