France builds underwater sculptures to attract marine life

Posted by Anita Froneman on 22 February 2021

A new underwater museum in Cannes, France features six sculptures installed to preserve the surrounding Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows and attract marine life.

The area was once home to underwater infrastructure that have fallen in disuse and the project included removing debris such as old engines and pipelines and restoring the seabed to its pristine nature.

These new eco-friendly sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor are 6-foot facial representations of various residents of Cannes and were made using ph-neutral materials. They will hopefully serve as feeding and breeding spaces for a host of marine fauna and flora, according to Designboom.

The area is no longer accessible to boats to prevent pollution and disturbance. Snorkellers and divers can visit the site safely.

Take a look at the spectacular underwater museum:

Watch an interview with Jason deCaires Taylor:

Picture: Twitter/CannesIsYours

 






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