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Time Bombs, fuse and mine (Bomba de Tiempo, mecha y mina); by Jason deCaire Taylor, in Isla Mujeres

Time Bomb - Fuse. Photo credit Malek Bee Production

In a part of MUSA which is locally known as "Casitas", within the Manchones National Park off the coast of Isla Mujeres, divers will come across some rather strange hand grenades and sea mines as part of the Time Bomb statue collection in this area.

There are two different sculptures of time bombs here, constructed by Jason deCaire Taylor. They were submerged during the second expansion of MUSA in 2011.

The Hand Grenades and the Sea Mines are meant to represent the absurdity of elements of death, of war giving life.

Time Bomb - Fuse

credit Malem Bee Productions

The two statues are displayed together like fruit on a table. The fruits are hand grenades because we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. Jason's message is that we are about to explode just like nature is about to explode.

The hand grenades are constructed like a pair of round spheres made up of horizontal layers where marine life has made its homes. At the top of each bomb lies a short fuse line intending to show that they will explode shortly.

Time Bomb - Mine

The second bomb has been constructed with a spiked round sphere designed to look like a sea mine. Like the other statue, it is sitting there, waiting to explode at any moment, just like nature.

The two Time Bomb statues are located relatively close to each other between the Urban Reef and Seascape statues.

Thank you to Roberto Diaz of MUSA and his amazing staff for helping me learn the meanings and artists' intentions behind each of the statues.

If you are truly interested in knowing more about the MUSA, then take some time out of your day and visit the headquarters in Cancun. The history is amazing and the new statues planned for future installations are an incredible sight to see.


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°

Dive Time

45 minutes (Parque National Rules)

To view the fish surveyed here with click HERE

DM Mapping Project - Javier Alvarez

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