A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

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A couple of years ago I had the chance to visit Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It was AMAZING. All the COLOUR, creativity (and of course food!) was so energisingA Mexican Adventure to MUSA

While there I visited the underwater world of Jason deCaires Taylor. The purpose built underwater museum, MUSA, is just off the coast of Isla Mujeres. It was here that I took in the breathtaking underwater installation! If you’re not already familiar with his work I recommend you look him up! A Mexican Adventure to MUSA

You can easily see the sculptures as you snorkel!

 

Consisting of over 500 submerged, life sized human replica casts, the MUSA installation is only accessible by boat. Situated in depths of between 4 and 8 meters, the in-situ sculptures are easily seen by snorkeling visitors. It was such a unique experience visiting this underwater gallery. With sites globally, I’m looking forward to eventually visiting all of them!

Lots of wildlife around…

Above 2 images were kindly allowed by Jason deCaires Taylor

 

The museum aims to demonstrate the connection between art and environmental science. The sculptures are made from a material that  promotes and actively encourages marine life to colonise and thrive. The site also promotes recovery of natural reefs as it draws visitors away from affected areas to MUSA. This has become one of the largest and most ambitious underwater art exhibits in the world. A Mexican Adventure to MUSA

I can’t wait to explore more of his locations!

Above 2 images were kindly allowed by Jason deCaires Taylor

DeCaires Taylor has become the human face of marine ecology. An advocate for marine conservation.

I love this sentiment:

“We call it a museum for a very important reason. Museums are places of preservation, conservation and education. They’re places where we keep objects of great value to us, where we value them simply for being themselves.” 

-Jason deCaires Taylor

Such good fun and a really unique gallery visit!

Above 2 images were kindly allowed by Jason deCaires Taylor

 

You can hear from Jason deCaires Taylor himself, on his TED talk presentation. He provides a conversational starting point, which is incredibly important for the continued development within this field. Our marine ecosystems depend on the promotion and changing of social consciousness. This is why his work, which spark this conversation between so many, is vital. It aids this developing consciousness. A Mexican Adventure to MUSA

The colours… the food- just bliss

 

While on Isla Mujeres I loved wandering around sampling all the delicious street food and so much more! I loved taking in all the colours, the painted skulls and general vibe of the island! and that’s not all…

One of the most magical experiences i’ve had A Mexican Adventure to MUSA

 

While there it was whale shark season, so I was able to swim alongside those incredible creatures! I chose to go with an eco tour. With so many tour operators I was conscious that I wanted to take one that really had the animals welfare as a priority. With this in mind, I ended up with Eco Colors and would thoroughly recommend them. It was such an amazing experience that you simply MUST do if you get the chance, well worth the money!

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**This post contains images by Anna Thomson for OiOi Arts, that I took during my time in Mexico. It also contains images kindly provided by Jason deCaires Taylor for those incredible close ups! ALL images are subject to copyright.

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4 Comments

  • Christine September 15, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve always seen the underwater museum but never knew where it was! It looks like an amazing place to see in person! And ahh, those whale sharks are so big, I know they’re filter feeders, but I don’t know if I’d be able to get that close to them.

  • Taru September 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve been to Isla Mujeres but had not heard of MUSA – sounds so cool!

  • Lizzy September 16, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Those statues are really cool, but something about swimming by them freaks me out! That food looks delish though!

  • Kristin September 16, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I’ve seen photos of this ‘exhibit’ before but had no idea they were purposely made to encourage sea life to thrive! This is definitely a bucket list place to visit for me!

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