The Museo Atlántico in Playa Blanca is the only underwater sculpture museum in Europe. It has been open to the public since 2 March 2016. Divers can dive here amongst the impressive sculptures of artist Jason deCaires Taylor, famous for his underwater art. He was behind the world’s first underwater sculpture park, off Grenada in the Caribbean and a submerged museum off the coast of Cancún, Mexico. The underwater museum in Lanzarote is situated in a protected area near Coloradas at a deph of 15 meters.
The Museo Atlántico will be built in several phases. The first phase, which consists of six different groups, is now complete. Los Jolateras, the first component, is a group of children in little brass boats. You can also see the famous Raft of Lampedusa, a reference to the current refugee crisis. The sculptures of a couple taking a selfie and some photographers refer to the use of new technology in our modern society. The Rubicon is a group of 35 human figures all facing the same direction, towards the point of no return. The models used for these sculptures are Lanzarote residents. Also there are several hybrid sculptures (half human, half cactus) showing the merging of nature and humanity, existing together in harmony.
When complete the Museo Atlántico will comprise several large-scale installations as well as more than 300 individual sculptures, designed to create a marine habitat and social awareness. For additional information visit www.underwatermuseulanzorote.com/en.
CARMEL BY THE SEA ART GALLERY SPOTLIGHT FEB & MARCH
New Carmel Art Walk Puts Spotlight On Village’s Artist-Owned Galleries
Carmel-by-the-Sea offers historic walking tours, wine walk tours, and food tours, so it’s only natural that the California Central Coast village, which has been a haven for artists for more than a century, now features “Carmel Art Walk.”
Carmel-by-the-Sea has more than 100 art galleries—featuring creations by scores of internationally acclaimed artists—but it is the 21 artist-owned galleries that host Carmel Art Walk, held from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. The next two Art Walks are scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 11.
Joaquin Turner, who owns a gallery on Dolores between 5th and 6th in downtown Carmel, said the Art Walk was created to cultivate a personal relationship between the artists and art lovers
“Those of us who have artist-owned galleries in Carmel love to get know the people who are buying our paintings,” said Joaquin Turner, who owns a gallery on Dolores between 5th and 6th in downtown Carmel and has been dubbed the Art Walk’s unofficial president. “We just finished our third Art Walk, and I’m happy to say it’s catching on. Visitors tell us they are able to get a good understanding of how Carmel has been—and continues today to be—a thriving art colony.”
During each walk, the artists can be found in their galleries, showing their works, and answering questions, while many give free demonstrations. Some of the galleries serve refreshments, others offer live music.
Carmel Art Walk has its own website—CarmelArtWalk.com—as well as a four-color map listing the galleries, the artists, and their locations.
“It’s helpful to have the map because many of Carmel’s artist-owned galleries are tucked away in hard-to-find courtyards,” Turner explained. “While we all have loyal repeat customers, we love it when people discover us for the first time and take home a piece of art to make them remember their visit here.”
For more information, visit www.CarmelArtWalk.com, or send Turner an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carmel Art Walk is separate from Carmel Art Tours, which offers 90-minute guided, informal walking tours to as many as eight of the village’s art galleries.
It’s never been easier to get to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is just a 10-minute drive away and served by direct flights to and from San Francisco (SFO, United Express), Los Angeles (LAX, United Express, Alaska Airlines), Las Vegas (LAS, Allegiant Air), Phoenix (PHX, American), and San Diego (SAN, Alaska Airlines). San Jose International Airport (SJC) is 75 miles north.
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