There’s a new museum in Cannes, France, underwater! The long-anticipated eco-museum will help showcase biodiversity in the ocean and coral reefs.

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The latest installation features six statues of a series of masks by Jason deCaires Taylor. The statues were installed underwater at the end of January near the Sain Marguerite island close to Cannes. The plan is for the statutes to evolve into reefs that house corals and small fish. According to Connexion France, Taylor is a British sculptor and conservationist.

“It’s a metaphor for the sea. The external mask is powerful and solid, but the person behind the mask is more fragile and in need of protection. That’s like the sea, which looks immense, powerful and indestructible, but it is fragile and in great danger,” the artist told the outlet.

Source: Jason Taylor/YouTube

Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, said of the installation, “We are not just talking, we are in the sphere of concrete actions: these works will serve as a refuge for biodiversity. It is about the meeting between nature, our treasure, and culture, the specificity of the human.”

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Taylor told Connexion France of his work, “The waters are incredibly clear and the bottom is flat. It’s free, and it’s public, so anyone can go and see them.”

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