Underwater Museum on French Riviera

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

The city of Cannes, France, opened their first underwater museum. It's also designed to be beneficial to the marine environment.

The artwork is installed in a protected marine area near the island of Sainte-Marguerite, just off the coast of Cannes, in the South of France. The project features a series of six three-dimensional portraits of local citizens.

Each sculpture is over 6.5 feet (2m) in height and weighs 10 tons. The pieces are placed at a depth between 6.5 to 10 feet (2 to 3m) near the shore so snorkelers and divers can easily have access to them.

Each piece is made from PH-neutral materials and has a textured surface to create homes, breeding areas, and protective spaces for marine life. Boats are not allowed in the area to protect the meadows and the divers. Conservationists hope that their efforts will encourage marine life to return to the area.


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