Life-Size VW Beetle Becomes a Reef

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor shocked us when he first announced that he was submerging over 400 cement sculptures for a new underwater museum in the National Marine Park of Cancun. The installation, called The Silent Evolution, opened to the public in November, becoming the world's largest museum of its kind.

The sculptor's latest work, that joins the 400 sculptures, involves not just the human form but a life-size 8 ton cement replica of the classic Volkswagon Beetle! Called Anthropocene, it sits 8 meters deep at Manchones Reef in Cancun, Mexico.

"The sculpture is designed specifically to house marine life whilst exploring the significant impact humans have had on our planets ecosystems and the subsequent affects to future generations," Taylor says. "The VW Beetle or 'votcho' as it is known in Mexico is an iconic symbol and the classic shape was still in production until March 2003. Its rounded aerodynamic shape makes it perfectly suited to maintain stability underwater from strong currents and tropical storms."

Jason de Caires Taylor and National Marine Park of Cancun

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Comment by Jennifer on June 21, 2011 at 2:37pm
where all vw's belong. at the bottom of the ocean
Comment by sAm on June 21, 2011 at 10:25am
I would LOVE to see this in person.
Comment by Alyssa Anda on June 20, 2011 at 12:07pm
This is SO amazing! :D

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