The unique Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN) is welcoming visitors in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. Located 200 meters off the coast of Aiya Napa on the eastern part of Cyprus, this unique museum houses 93 works by artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
The artist, who is one of the most famous representatives of the eco-art movement, inspired his works by nature and humans. The statues will serve a dual purpose: on the one hand, they will be a unique experience for visitors; on the other, they will create the right conditions for the enrichment of marine life.
The statues are made of inert materials, with neutral pH, so as not to negatively affect the exhibition space. They will also be exposed at different depths to attract marine life at all levels. The site where they will be located is a sandy beach and it is expected that over time, the biodiversity of the area will be enriched by the museum.
Those who will have the unique opportunity to visit the museum will be able to do so with a simple sea mask, but it looks like it will be very accessible to divers. Renowned British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has embarked on a different journey in the human-nature relationship. He also designed Underwater Sculpture Museums in Grenada and Cannes, France. In fact, Grenada’s has been included in the list of the 25 wonders of the world, according to National Geographic.
The artist creates these “miracles” using his knowledge and skills as a sculptor, marine conservator, underwater photographer and diving instructor, which on the one hand create a special exhibition space, and on the other hand enhance marine life. They radiate hope and raise awareness on the state of the environment. For this reason, it is a great honor and joy, for the Cyprus Sea, to host such an important work of art that conveys such important and essential messages.
It is worth noting that the Ayia Napa area of Cyprus is developing rapidly. Skyscrapers and luxury homes are being built, but it seems that at the same time there is an intention and appetite to create unique art and attractions. The museum is the result of a joint effort between the Municipality of Ayia Napa and the Cyprus Department of Fisheries and Marine Research.