Underwater 'human reef' in Cancun woos tourists (PHOTOS)

on February 25 2011 1:24 AM
  • The underwater 'human reef'
    The Silent Evolution, a project that saw installation of human sculptures underwater in The Museum of Underwater Modern Art, off the east coast of Mexico, is now complete with 400 life-size sculptures standing tall to protect the natural coral reefs of the area. Jason de Caires Taylor
  • The underwater 'human reef'
    Created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the sculptures are made of a special type of cement which has a neutral pH that encourages coral to grow. Jason de Caires Taylor
  • The underwater 'human reef'
    Most of the statues are now already adorned with artificial reef drawing tourists away from the natural corals, a step that would protect marine life and amuse tourists at the same time. Jason de Caires Taylor
  • The underwater 'human reef'
    According to marine scientists, over 750,000 people visit the marine park every year that puts a huge pressure on the natural reef. Jason de Caires Taylor
  • Underwater 'human reef' saves natural reef
    An underwater sculpture park, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, is seen between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Jason de Caires Taylor
  • The underwater 'human reef'
    The Silent Evolution sculptures are also promoting tourism in a barren sea and attracting adventurers towards something unusually artistic under water. Jason de Caires Taylor
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