Art is everywhere around us. It’s not only about paintings in museums, music in musical halls and at stadiums, 3D street art, etc. It’s any form of creativeness both on land and at the bottom of the seas and oceans.
Yes, art is hidden under water, too. The diversity of the sea and ocean fauna, and that of the Great Barrier Reef, for instance, is an explicit example of art of living organisms. The coral reef in Australia is the largest eco-system in the world that could be seen from the Space. It has the greatest structure consisting of living creatures and organisms on the Planet. Just for the record, it’s about 2300km long with 3000 individual reefs and 1000 islands. Its inhabitants are too many, believe me. There live more than 1500 species of fishes, 400 types of corals, 6 out of 7 species of sea turtles, hundreds of sea mammals. The underwater kingdom is predominated by shells, polyps, jellyfish, algae, crocodiles and birds. So when one is there (either diving or simply watching from the board of a boat), they enjoy the colourful art of living organisms and all this resembles an underwater museum of living creatures.
And what would you say if you stumble upon an underwater art gallery while diving in the deep waters of seas together with that diversity of sea species? You’re saying it’s impossible?! 🙂 It was hard for me to imagine it, too, before I watched the video about The Sinking World of Andreas Franke. The photographer really brings life to shipwrecks by mixing Rococo splendor and models with a sunk freighter. His photographs are on display at a depth of about 80 feet in the Caribbean somewhere off the island of Barbados. So, if you don’t believe me, just YouTube the video or visit his underwater art gallery on his website. I promise you that you will be left speechless and amazed.
If you’re still scuba diving somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, “take a short trip” to the sculptural aqua-world off Cancún and off Isla de Mujeres. That’s the most fascinating and largest Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). The underwater park houses about 500 pH-neutral marine concrete sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor and 5 other sculptors from Mexico. All of the masterpieces have been planned to become artificial reefs that could be seen both by snorkelers and scuba divers and tourists sailing in glass-bottom boats.