An underwater art museum graces the Great Barrier Reef


An underwater art museum graces the Great Barrier Reef

Nothing quite compares to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef; and now, in order to add to that comes the Museum of Underwater Art. This all new Australian museum is now ready and is calling all divers and snorkelers to pay a visit. But before that, tour companies are required to get permission to operate boats here in the region.

The Museum of Underwater Art is the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, a British sculptor, and environmentalist. He has created this museum in order to raise awareness about the ecosystem. In the past, he had created many such underwater museums and sculptor parks. The Great Barrier Reef’s Museum of Underwater Art is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.

An underwater art museum graces the Great Barrier Reef

The museum can be reached by a boat from Queensland coast within two hours, and is 18 m underwater in the natural inlet of John Brewer Reef.

Its first piece of art that was installed here was the sculpture called Ocean Siren, and it has been built to inspire the conservation of reef, and the ocean. It is four metre tall, and is the sculpture of an indigenous girl. Interestingly, this sculpture does more than just stand there, as it also changes colour. The Ocean Siren actually gets data of live water temperature from the Davis Reef weather station, and changes colour accordingly. On the other hand, the largest artwork installed here is called the Coral Greenhouse.

The sculptor Jason deCaires Tayor has been doing such work for ten years now. He has done similar works in Grenada, the Bahamas, Lanzarote, and Mexico.

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