British artist Jason deCaires Taylor just installed a new series of surreal installations underwater off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain. This is significant because it is the the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Called Museo Atlantico, it was constructed 14 meters beneath the water’s surface. The permanent installations are accessible to both snorkelers and divers. The museum will be open to visitors starting February 25, 2016.
The main installation is called The Rubicon and it consists of a ghostly group of 35 people walking toward something, be it a a gate, a point of no return, or a portal to another world. While some figures appear to be reading a book, others are solemnly walking with their eyes closed, content though unsure of where they are headed. I love how The Rubicon feels eerie, like you’ve come across a scary scene from a horror movie, a group of people who can’t be stopped.
You can read an in-depth article about these new works over on The Guardian.