Watch an Underwater Museum Get Installed in Spain

A new museum off the coast of Spain is 50 feet underwater.


Spain has a new museum featuring exhibits on climate change and Europe’s refugee crisis. The only catch? You have to go underwater to visit it.

Museo Atlantico is 50 feet below the coast of Lanzarote and includes roughly 300 sculptures created by 2014 Foreign Policy Global Thinker Jason deCaires Taylor.

One installation, “The Raft of Lampedusa,” depicts the refugees’ desperate arrivals in Europe. Its name is a play on “The Raft of Medusa,” a famous 19th-century oil painting now housed in the Louvre.

Below, watch the installation of one of his works, “The Rubicon,” which features dozens of life-size human sculptures walking toward a gate that is intended to depict climate change. (His sculptures do not damage — and in fact actually could aid — the environment. He uses Ph-neutral materials that can ultimately become fish-and coral-friendly artificial reef.)

Read more about why FP honored deCaires Taylor here.

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