Eerie. Creepy. Odd. Mystical. Alluring. Provocative. These are the adjectives that divers and snorkelers use to describe the undersea world of more than 500 pieces of art that grace the seafloor here. Launched in 2009 by Roberto Diaz Abraham, a sculptor and former president of the Cancun Nautical Association, and Jaime Gonzalez Cano, former director of the Cancun-Isla Mujeres National Marine Park, MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Art) occupies more than 2,000 square meters and its artwork weighs more than 200 tons. This astonishing museum-in-the-sea is the largest and most ambitious underwater art installation in the world.
As the pioneer of underwater sculpture, Jason deCaires Taylor has already amassed an impressive list of firsts, from designing the largest subaquatic museum off the coast of Cancun to building the world’s largest underwater statue—a 60-ton, 18-foot-tall statue of a young Bahamian girl.
While walking through The Donum Estate vineyard in Sonoma, Calif., one will encounter works by renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei and Keith Haring. The sculpture collection, curated by estate owner Allan Warburg, fuses art and winemaking.
“Art, a beautiful landscape and a great glass of wine create a very powerful experience,” says Anne Moller-Racke, president, winegrower and founder of The Donum Estate. “It is much more powerful than the three enjoyed separately.”