France to open underwater sculpture museums

Posted by Leila Stein on 23 September 2020

France is picking up on the trend of underwater sculpture exhibits. While they have been around for a while, the curiosities are increasingly popping up around the world.

France is expanding its collection of underwater parks significantly as statues are being added off multiple parts of the French coast.

The fascination with underwater sculptures is understandable as they make impressive diving locations. Over time the sculptures themselves change due to moss growth, seaweed and interaction with aquatic sea life.

When submerging these works of art, museums and governments have to take extra precautions to make sure they do not disturb marine life or disrupt ecosystems.

Three sculptures by Marc Petit have been added to the collection beneath the Isolella Tower near Ajaccio. A further 18 other sculptures by Petit have been commissioned too, although the location for their submersion has not been decided.

Petit is also contributing a sculpture to the Marseille Musée Subaquatique which will open on September 24. It features 10 sculptures from 10 artists installed off the beach of Les Catalans.

Another sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor is contributing six works to another underwater museum off the coast of the island of Sainte Marguerite in the Bay of Cannes.

Image credit: @Cannesisyours/Twitter

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