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Cancún's new sculpture museum is visible only to snorkelers and divers. Standing on the bottom of the ocean between Punta Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, it opened in November 2009 with three life-size sculptures. By its grand opening in November, it had grown to more than 400, making it the world's largest underwater museum. The figures, created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor from casts of  local people, are specially formulated concrete that encourages growth of new coral and other sea life; the idea being to siphon off some of the tourists and give the famous reef a rest to help it recover from the already ample burdens of divers, marine pollution and warming waters.

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