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If you don’t have a scuba diving license, you may want to think about getting one sometime soon — especially if you’re travelling to Europe in the near future.

That’s because a brand new underwater exhibit, Museo Atlantico, is now open on the Spanish island Lanzarote, and to say it’s spectacular is an understatement. Featuring more than 300 life-size sculptures made by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, the exhibit’s lies 14 metres below the Atlantic Ocean and spans 2,500 square metres. So unless you can hold your breath underwater for a good hour (and we’re pretty sure you can’t), you’ll want to bring along a good ol’ tank of oxygen.

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Facebook/OP Turismo Viva o Mundo

The art itself makes statements about divisions in society, refugees and even the importance of marine life. Plus, there’s an impressive 30-metre-long, 100-ton wall.

Jason deCaires Taylor
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Facebook/Blank Art Space

The coolest thing about the new museum though isn’t that you can swim around and check it out (or look on from above in a glass-bottomed boat), but rather, that it’s completely designed from pH neutral materials meant to help bolster the local fish population. So not only is the exhibit awesome to look at, but it may even create more marine life… kind of like an artificial reef.

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Facebook/Jason deCaires Taylor

Although this is the first museum of its kind in Europe, this isn’t the first time Taylor’s created underwater art of this magnitude. In fact, he’s already established MUSA in Cancun and Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada.

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Facebook/Blank Art Space

Cool art that’s also good for the environment? Yep, looks like we’ll be taking a trip to Lanzarote next.

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