Ayia Napa, a small resort town in southeastern Cyprus, has a unique museum meant to spread awareness about the climate crisis. The Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research joined hands with the Ayia Napa municipality to create the first of its kind in the Mediterranean Sea, underwater museum.
MUSAN aka the Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa has 93 sculptures created by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. Made to resemble an underwater forest, the museum explores the relationship between humans and nature. More importantly, the impending climate disasters and the urgent need to save marine life are in focus.
The underwater museum was built spending $1.1 million and opened to the public in August 2021, reported The Indian Express. The installations were put in position using cranes. Authorities wanted to remind visitors of the deforestation of the past and move forward in protecting the zone.
It is a great spot for diving enthusiasts as the sculptures are made with inert pH-neutral materials that attract marine life. Once you find your way to them, you will find these sculptures to be covered in marine biomass. The goal is to remind people of the link between the land and the ocean.
"A collection of submarine figurative sculptures dispersed amongst a series of sculpted organic trees and subterranean plants will create the world's first underwater forest," says the MUSAN's website.
Entry to the museum is free.