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British artist tries to protect coral reefs with 400 underwater sculptures


Image: Reuters, Jason De Caires Taylor, Courtesy Of Asociados Nauticos De Cancun

From Canada's National Post-

Schools of glittering silver-white fish swoop past a statue of a man hunched over a workbench, the first seabed artwork in a new underwater museum in Mexico's Caribbean Sea.

. . .About 400 life-size casts will be submerged off the resort of Cancun by the end of 2010. It is hoped that the low-acidity cement figures, designed to be anti-corrosive and mimic rock, will be transformed over time into artificial reefs.

Jason de Caires Taylor, the British artist behind the Subaquatic Museum, hopes to lure tourists away from the fragile, natural coral reefs. It's a tall order. He has to create the sculptures, tow them underwater and install them so they can't be bowled over by a hurricane.

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