Is it possible to go to the museum in a diving suit and with scuba?
CAN. If it is a Underwater Museum of Muse in Cancun, Mexico.
The world’s largest underwater museum of arts Muse (Musa Museo Subacuatico De Arte), consisting of 450 sculptures, was created in November 2010 by the English sculptor and defender of nature by Jason de Cayres Taylor. Since then, the museum is one of the main attractions of Cancun, and we could not visit him, being in Mexico on vacation last year.
The day then got great, the wind is not strong. We went by bus on the marina, to the Solo Buseo diving school. Before that, we never dived deep with scuba and in the air Vitala Easy Emotion, mixed with fear: what if it does not work out? Not all people can cope with pressure, because the underwater world, like the tops of eight-thousanders, is not intended for people, and the body can simply say "No". It would be a shame.
After a small briefing, we were given suits and gear, and we went to take a preliminary test for adaptation.
The oxygen cylinder was surprisingly heavy, and in the flops walk – solid pleasure, if you understand what I mean. There was a thought that it would be great to arrange a relay in the las on your birthday 🙂
The instructor turned out to be a person patient and a few, and he asked him twice, whether we were satisfied with sunscreen. All in thoughts about the underwater museum, I was impatiently nodded my head.
Adaptation passes simply: at a small depth we tried to breathe with aqualling, we repeated all gestures to communicate, learned how to stabilize the pressure and blow the air. Unusual when such a natural process, like breathing, must be retracted. Need to breathe slowly and deep. Breathing turns into work.
Successfully passing the test, we got to the boat and rushed towards the reefs, towards the long-awaited museum.
The beauty of the Caribbean fascinates. Bescrase azure and white hoods waves. Seagulls hanging on wind streams, and the tart of sea water. A ride on a boat on a rabid speed promised to become unforgettable, she became. But not exactly as I imagined. I started a sea disease (. ) And all 40 minutes before the museum I rushed and twisted, as never in life.
Every summer, in childhood, we went to Namsky ulus, to the village of Kobyonkones (this in Yakutia), to grandmother’s grandmother. We often had to cross the Lena River on a motor boat, highly jumping along the waves and leaving behind a white furrow in the restless waters of the river. I loved to let go of my hands and raise them up, and to substitute the face of the wind and splashes of water. I liked this feeling of speed, wildness and carelessness.
Who would have thought that a few years later, a maritime disease would dump me. The sea is not a river, you say you. But the full irregularity of my body myself turned out to be an unexpected kick in the back.
The instructor hurried to lower me down, under the water, the first. I understood that under water it will be better for me and, clogging, jumped overboard.
The underwater world met me deaf peace and tranquility. There was no waves, the sea disease was gone, leaving the weakness and trembling all over the body. I suddenly remembered that I don’t breathe at all. Slow, deep breath to full filling of the lungs, then slow and complete exhalation, repeat. Holding for a rope that went down on the bottom, I slowly began my dive, stopping every time to "Think" Ears and stabilize. Water around me cooled, got colder. Following me descended the rest. I focused on the breath and my feelings, looked around. And here I saw them.
At the depth of 12 meters under water, people were facing, silent, fixed. Then I realized that I mean when they say that the hair on the head rose end. The spectacle was cracked. I came to my mind that the death of the legendary Atlantis could look like this, which was absorbed by the marine paunch. I presented how the inhabitants of Atlantis also rushed their views above, in vaulting to the gods and praying about mercy, before the green waters of the sea covered them with their heads.
But, alas, the museum did not have anything in common with the legend of Atlantis. The idea of creating the underwater museum was to create a new "home" for sea flora and fauna – artificial reef. Moreover, the project is a creative desire to tell about people living in Isla Mucheres, in Cancun. Sculpture compositions cover historical and modern scenes, and all sculptures are located so that a complex artificial reef formed. National Marine Park in Cancun visits at least 750,000 people annually, which creates a threat to natural reefs. Underwater Museum located at 420 kV.M., attracts people protecting natural corals. To create your maritime city, the sculptor has conducted research in the area and tried to understand the nature of coral reefs, cooperating with specialized companies engaged in marine engineering (Facts for You).
All sculptures are made of special materials used to grow corals. This is how one of the sculptures looked shortly after her dive on the bottom of the sea:
We saw her a few years later:
450 Figures At the bottom of the sea – the Underwater Museum of Muse is considered one of the most ambitious underwater projects of our time. The total weight of sculptures together with platforms is about 200 tons (!).
We slowly slipped among silent figures, and I was afraid of a lacon to touch them, as if not wanting to wake up. I always have such a feeling in cemeteries, although this place was essentially a cradle.
Corals and fish quickly accepted a gift of sculptor and life on Reef played paints. For me, the museum became the personification of our world, where life and death go on hand, and where peace reigns on a par with a bustle and chaos.