Updated: Aug 12
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?
"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 behaviour 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
Entry Level, Beginners, and all levels of certified divers
Average Visibility Underwater
20-30 mt / 66-99 feet
Average Water Temp
28 C°/ 82F°
M.U.S.A. Museo Subacuático de Arte. (2022, April 25). Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor. https://www.underwatersculpture.com/projects/musa-mexico/
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/