Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

Articles Aug 10, 2020 12:15

The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is a place where you have to dive into the ocean to discover its beauty and admire the world-famous Great Barrier reef.

MOUA has been opened to welcome its first visitors. British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has incorporated environmental arts and practice in his latest artwork on the Great Barrier Reef.

An introduction to the MOUA Underwater Museum of Art

The museum is located on the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, stretching along the northeast coast of Australia, consisting of 3,800 coral reefs and atolls across the Coral Sea. Together, they form the largest living structure on Earth. This is also a world-famous tourist destination, attracting divers, scientists and environmentalists.

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

Fine arts has found a new depth - literally - as the Southern Hemisphere's first underwater museum - MOUA welcomes visitors to the exhibition of the Coral Greenhouse in Townsville, Australia in August 2020.

Located 18 meters deep on the ocean floor at the John Brewer Reef of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the 64-ton artwork by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor features a 12-meter-long structure with 20 statues of students working with corals, as well as three sculptures of local flora, such as eucalyptus and palm...

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

This non-profit work was done over a period of 3 years by British sculptor and environmental expert Jason deCaires Taylor, author of many underwater art works in Mexico, Lanzarote, Bahamas, Grenada...

Constructed of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and pH-neutral cementitious compounds, the pieces of art also have a n environmental protection role, as the material will help stimulate the growth of natural corals. The sections here offer minimal resistance to wave energy, while providing an ideal surface for filter-eating organisms and fish to congregate. The artist also hopes that the MOUA could be a shelter for animals like sea urchins and octopus.

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

Completed last December, the undersea exhibit opens to divers in April 2020. It can be said that this place will evolve from an place for water sports to a special cultural experience unlike anywhere else in the world.

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

The Coral Greenhouse is just one of the four galleries of MOUA. The Ocean Siren here - the only statue that can be seen on the water from the mainland of Townsville - is a stature depicting a native girl from Wulgurukaba named Takoda Johnson, 4m high. This statue features a system of LED that changes its color based on the water temperature of the Davies Reef, which represents the impact of climate change on ocean temperature, with a blue color indicating safety, while dark red is an important warning.

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

The MOUA Underwater Art Museum is expected to generate more than 42 million AUD each year and bring an additional 50,000 visitors to the area annually. Also, underwater museums are becoming more popular around the world. In December 2019, the ‘Living Museums in the Sea’ opened in the Dominican Republic. This museum offers divers a place to view preserved artifacts from shipwrecks.

Discover MOUA: The Museum of Underwater Art

Besides, in Jordan, divers can explore tanks, helicopters and more in the underwater military museum just off the coast of Aqaba. And in Bahrain, a Boeing 747 has been sunk to create an underwater theme park!

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