As one of thew world's top tourism and real estate destinations, Cancun presents a growing number of attractions and cultural aspects to visitors and residents. Recently, Cancun Real Estate has received the news that the expansion of the Cancun International Airport and the building of “Cancun Messe" – an international exhibition center – will bring new opportunities to real estate buyers for both easy access to more parts of the world, and new investment and growth opportunities as Cancun Real Estate expands to meet the demands of international business. Lifestyle in Cancun is likewise expanding in international-level innovation. One example of this trend is the new Underwater Sculpture Museum, which passed a milestone at the end of November.
After a year and a half of work and an investment of 80 thousand dollars, the first three sculptures are now submerged in the sea. In the future, a total of 400 sculpures will form the Underwater Sculpture Museum of Cancun. This museum is one of a kind on a world level with a large number of sculptures, organized by topic in a marine park, surrounded by coral.
The Cancun Underwater Sculpture Museum can be visited by diving with professional guides. The tour will cost between $40 and $60 US, depending on the duration, which may be between two and eight hours – a very unique and interesting experience for both visitors and local real estate owners.
The first three sculptures were lowered to a depth of between three and ten meters, between the West Coast National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc. The first was placed at 750 meters from shore in Punta Nizuc and the others around the “Manchones" coral Manchones at about 3 miles and 2 miles from Cancun, in the direction of to Isla Mujeres. Abraham Diaz said that works are The Flower of Hope, The Collector of Dreams and The Man in Flames, weighing three tons each, on average.
Tthe museum's first phase is to be completed in 18 months, in May 2011, when the 400 sculptures have been submerged. The cost of each statue varies between $875 and $1000 US. The Underwater Sculpture Museum will have 27 rooms, of which, in a year and a half, three will be open: Punta Nizuc, Manchones and La Carbonera.
A room dubbed “Silent Evolution" is the most ambitious and it is expected to attract a large number of visitors, because it will contain 150 sculptures, displaying the history of Mexico, starting with the Mayans, moving forward with the Conquest, Independence, Revolution, to the contemporary period.
The sculptures were moved from the workshop of the artist, the British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, located in Puerto Morelos near Cancun's hotel zone.
The project is multifaceted and could evolve into very interesting areas; it provides a forum to build submarine infrastructure that could host symphony orchestras and ballet exhibitions under water, an avant-garde idea that is just beginning to be experimented in England and Australia.
The National Marine Park was visited by 750 thousand people in 2008. This year, because of the recession and slowing of world tourism, there was a reduction of 30 percent in visitors. With economic recovery expected in 2010, it is estimated that the museum will reach one million visitors. This museum will most certainly add to Cancun's excellent draw for tourists, continuing to expand the economy and Cancun Real Estate opportunities. As mentioned above, such attractions will offer real estate owners a unique lifestyle, with a large selection of interesting distractions from day to day life.
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