Thursday, 19 August 2010

Stunning die for?

Recently I came across some pictures that are so powerful , beautiful and thought provoking, that I can't get them  out of my mind !

I refer to images of the Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico.

The project began in November 2009 with placement of 100 statues in shallow waters of the Cancún National Marine Park and will eventually 'house' 400 works by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor.

As creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason DeCaires Taylor has gained international accolades for his work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes and delve with the intricate relationship between modern art and the environment. By using sculptures to create artificial reefs, the artist underlines our need to understand and protect the natural world.

Here are some stunning images to whet your appetite;

  Aren't they incredible?   Here are a couple more;

It's a wonderful idea, but being the sceptic that I am I must question the obvious!! What about the Health & Safety aspect for the visitors?  The gulf of Mexico is home to all kinds of sharks, including the great white ! Can the museum guarantee the safety of it's customers?  I don't think so. Maybe 'duty of care' is not so important in Mexico, the land where men women & CHILDREN consume sulphuric acid and caustic soda flavoured mince (known locally as chilli con carne) and don't bat an eye lid. The following picture illustrates my concerns;
Call me a spoil-sport but ...I wont be taking my diving suit to Cancun. Tequila, cerveza and late nights are not conducive with scuba diving. Health & Safety for me (at least safety).

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