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Farhad KarimliFarhad Karimli 24 DECEMBER 2019 732 views 2 min. read

The Museum of Underwater Art

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One day during your trip to Mexico, you will think, "What different places can I see in Mexico?" You think of tequila, guitar, large hats, cactus, and desert, and it does not seem so attractive? So let's get to know the most exciting places in Mexico.

 

The city of Cancun in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is famous for its beautiful coasts. A secret work of art is hidden on these shores. It is the Museo Subacuático de Arte. The Museum of Underwater Art, the world's first underwater sculpture museum, is near to the beach. The museum, located at a depth of 4-8 meters, facilitates underwater walking. It was first opened in 2009, with 100 statues in it, while now the number has exceeded 500 statues. Sculptures scattered over an area of 420 sq.m were placed at different points in the sea. The reason for it is to prevent jams that may occur at some point during the tourist flow. The author of the museum with monuments of human, animal, and things weighing over 200 tons in total is the British photographer, sculptor, and art worker Jason Decaires Taylor. Taylor has used specially designed durable cement to make the statues part of the underwater. Thanks to this, sea corals, algae, molecules, and other animals were able to nest in sculptures. Thus, these creatures changed the appearance of the statues strangely over time. While the change made smiles on the faces of some of the statues, it made some sculptures more horrible.

 

The reason for the establishment of the museum in this area is the occurrence of extraordinary marine situations here, resulting reduction in the number of tourists. Now, more than a million tourists flock to the museum each year. Underwater sculptures are offered to tourists in two galleries: Manchones and Nizuc salons. The first gallery is made up of a bunch of human statues. This gallery represents people who have been called "refugees" for various reasons in different parts of the world. The group of thirty-five "people" is set up at the bottom of the sea marching to an unknown destination. Some statues express fear, some sadness, and some unfamiliar feelings. The second gallery covers the refugee issues in Syria, which reflects the desperate human figures looking for medical examination and support. Separately a week is needed for each gallery to be positioned underwater after being prepared. Jason Decaires Taylor worked for a week underwater to bring them to the design he wanted after making these figures down the sea.

 

After the creation and commissioning of the "Museum of Underwater Art," it became famous all over the world. The author says: "These works are not intended to be fun, but to show the common problems of the world. More than half a million dollars have been spent on this project, which caused a great deal of noise. If the Mexican government paid first investment, some companies, who saw that the project brought both money and ratings, agreed to invest in further years.

 

Apart from the art, the Museum of Underwater Art has also increased its interest in underwater sports. Since its beginning, the museum has always been a subject of discussion in the world press, at meetings of human rights organizations and art events.

 

The charming "Museum of Underwater Art" on the coast of Mexico has become a source of inspiration for other countries. After this museum, monuments of this type were erected in various parts of the world. The most famous of them is the "Underwater Sculpture Museum" on the shores of Spain and Turkey.

  

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Farhad is the author of a storybook “Intoxicated with poison”, CEO and Founder of “Istiglal” publishing house in Azerbaijan. He has a few partnerships and cooperation in the field of journalism.

His lusting after litreary activity and reading propelled him into creating and naming the concept of “Autumn Bookcafe” in Baku city, Azerbaijan.

In parallel with this purpose, Farhad made his way in film industry and succeeded to make 20 short movies.  He won nominees at around 10 filmmaking competitions and one of his films was awarded with “The most influential movie” nomination. All together he operated as a cameraman of the documentary called “From Tent Encampments to New Settlements” (2019) which was demonstrated in UK.

Farhad also proved himself as a successful photographer and videographer who gained a great fame in competitions.

Concurrently, he is working on his upcoming books.

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