The underwater museum
Open to the public since 2016, the Museo Atlántico in Playa Blanca is the only underwater museum in Europe. Here you can dive amongst the impressive sculptures of artist Jason deCaires Taylor, known for his underwater creations. He previously created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in the Caribbean and an underwater museum in Mexico.
The underwater museum in Lanzarote is located in a sheltered area near Coloradas, Playa Blanca at a depth of 12-14 meters.
The statues of Museo Atlántico
The Museo Atlántico – designed as a huge artificial reef – consists of 10 different groups of sculptures. There is the Rubicon, a group of 35 human figures walking towards a wall. The models used for these sculptures are residents of Lanzarote. You can also see the famous Raft of Lampedusa, a reference to the refugee crisis in Europe. Another component is a group of children in little boats, called Los Jolateros. Also, there are several hybrid sculptures (half human, half cactus) depicting the intertwining of man and nature, existing together in perfect harmony. The sculptures of a couple taking a selfie and some photographers refer to the use of technology in modern society. In the Portal, a statue looks at a mirror in which the surface of the ocean is reflected. Deregulated is a playground in which businessmen in suits play on a swing and a seesaw. The last piece is a human gyre which consists of 200 life-size sculptures placed in a never ending circle. With this impressive reef of sculptures, the artist wants to highlight the beauty of the underwater world and emphasise the need to protect it.