The Museo Atlántico in Playa Blanca is the only underwater sculpture museum in Europe. It has been open to the public since 2 March 2016. Divers can dive here amongst the impressive sculptures of artist Jason deCaires Taylor, famous for his underwater art. He was behind the world’s first underwater sculpture park, off Grenada in the Caribbean and a submerged museum off the coast of Cancún, Mexico. The underwater museum in Lanzarote is situated in a protected area near Coloradas at a deph of 15 meters.
The Museo Atlántico will be built in several phases. The first phase, which consists of six different groups, is now complete. Los Jolateras, the first component, is a group of children in little brass boats. You can also see the famous Raft of Lampedusa, a reference to the current refugee crisis. The sculptures of a couple taking a selfie and some photographers refer to the use of new technology in our modern society. The Rubicon is a group of 35 human figures all facing the same direction, towards the point of no return. The models used for these sculptures are Lanzarote residents. Also there are several hybrid sculptures (half human, half cactus) showing the merging of nature and humanity, existing together in harmony.
When complete the Museo Atlántico will comprise several large-scale installations as well as more than 300 individual sculptures, designed to create a marine habitat and social awareness.