Museo Atlántico

Location: Atlantic Ocean, Las Coloradas, Lanzarote
Depth: 14m
Installation date: 2016

Museo Atlantico, Lanzarote

Museo Atlantico is the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain, the unique, permanent installation is sited 14m beneath the surface. The Museum was officially inaugurated on 10th January 2017 by the President of Lanzarote, Pedro San Gines.

The monumental project took over three years to plan and construct, aims to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature. Designed on a conservational level to create a large-scale artificial reef, the first works installed in February 2016 have already seen an increase of over 200% in marine biomass and are now frequented by rare angel sharks, schools of barracudas and sardines, octopus, marine sponges and the occasional butterfly ray.

This is the first time Taylor has installed large-scale architectural works. The installations include a 100 Ton, 30m long wall and gateway, an underwater botanical sculpture garden and a single configuration of artworks which consists of over 200 life size-human figures in a human gyre.

The Museum is constructed using tried and tested, environmentally-friendly, inert pH neutral materials, and the formations are tailored to suit endemic marine life. It occupies an area of barren sand-covered seabed 50m x 50m.

The project is supported by the government of Lanzarote CACT (Centre of Art, Culture and Tourism) and forms part of Lanzarote’s 9 award-winning visitor centres. It builds on its unique status as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The Museum includes an entrance and exit and its artworks form a sequential tour of 12 installations.

Museo Atlántico, Lanzarote by Jason deCaires Taylor