Europe’s First Underwater Sculpture Museum

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museo Atlantico, off Lanzarote, is peopled with concrete casts of refugees and people taking selfies.

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The Raft of Lampedusa, Jason deCaires Taylor’s modern-day concrete echo of Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa. The work has particular significance given the huge movement of refugees across the sea to Europe – and the frequent fatalities that result. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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One of the sculptures being lowered into the Atlantic off the coast of Lanzarote. (Photo by Cat Vinton)

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Divers ensure the sculpture makes a safe descent. (Photo by Cat Vinton)

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Sculptures that form part of the Rubicon installation are seen on land in Lanzarote. The final piece features a fence that the figures walk towards. The piece is about the dangers of climate change and the fence marks a point of no return – the figures walk towards it looking at mobile phones and not paying attention. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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The Raft of Lampedusa, outside Taylor’s studio. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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Taylor casts one of the figures for The Raft of Lampedusa. The model was a migrant from Senegal and now lives in Lampedusa. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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More sculptures being submerged. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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The Rubicon: the figures in place on the seabed. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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A figure from the Rubicon. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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This cactus figure is a reference to the flora and fauna of Lanzarote. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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The Raft of Lampedusa being lowered with the aid of air-filled balloons. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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A close-up of the figures on The Raft of Lampedusa. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor)

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