• Tracy Gunn

Anthropocene; by Jason deCaire Taylor, in Isla Mujeres

Updated: Jul 20

photo credit Audrey Noirot

While diving in the Manchones National Park near Isla Mujeres, divers will see the sad image of a small child, curled up alone on the bonnet of a Volkswagon. This statue is placed away from the other statues in MUSA. What is the story behind this statue?

Jason deCaires Taylor states that:

"Anthropocene is a cast of a VW Beetle with a mourning child on the windshield. The piece asks about what we are leaving to future generations. The nine-tonne sculpture is also specially designed to create a habitat for crustaceans such as lobsters and its thick concrete walls prevent them from being extracted by local fisherman´s hooked barbs". (1)

The insides of this Volkswagon have become home for many marine animals, safe from the predatory behavior of humans. It is a sad message that the statue conveys and leaves many questioning the meaning behind the child when they first see the statue


9 meters / 30 feet

Experience Level

Entry Level, Beginners, and all levels of certified divers

Average Visibility Underwater

20-30 mt / 66-99 feet

Average Water Temp

28 C°/ 82F°

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  1. M.U.S.A. Museo Subacuático de Arte. (2022, April 25). Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor. https://www.underwatersculpture.com/projects/musa-mexico/

  2. Bhatt, C. (2021, February 18). Museum Spotlight: Cancun’s Underwater Museum of Art. Arts Help. https://www.artshelp.net/museum-spotlight-cancuns-underwater-museum-of-art/

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