The new landmark is part of a vision to make Ayia Napa the best and most cosmopolitan tourist resort in the Mediterranean. “By creating the Ayia Napa Underwater Sculpture Park, Cyprus has been placed dynamically on the map of the world diving tourism,” said Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos.
The underwater museum is expected to attract annually over 50,000 tourists from all over the world. Agriculture and Environment Minister Costas Kadis said Jason deCaires Taylor is an artist concerned about the repercussions of climate change, overfishing and other human interventions. “His work creates the ideal conditions to develop marine life at all levels. “Moreover, he has succeeded in showing that some human interventions can have beneficial repercussions to the marine environment.”
Ayia Napa Mayor Christos Zanettos said the museum “is a legacy for future generations and contains many symbolisms, related to man’s alienation from the environment, the relationship between generations and climate change”.
“The project cost €1 million, and it enriches Cyprus’ tourism product and is now part of our national wealth.”
MUSAN aims to create a seamless link between the land and the ocean. The sculptural installations aim to enhance the story of Ayia Napa’s as a dynamic, modern, cultural resort at the forefront of conservation and eco-tourism. They explore the region’s rich cultural and natural heritage, highlighting the exceptional natural beauty found beneath the sea surface whilst giving sea life the opportunity to flourish, creating an example of successful human interaction with the environment.
Submarine figurative sculptures spread between a series of sculpted organic trees and subterranean plants will create the world’s first underwater forest.
Stretching for a total of 170 meters from the entrance to exit, the museum will offer both divers and snorkelers an experience that will last an hour. Tall organic structures will rise from the seabed to stand at over eight meters tall, creating the ideal habitat to encourage fish aggregation.