Tourists dive to look and marvel. Marine life moves in to raise offspring. Jason deCaires Taylor underwater sculptures, art for divers, allow natural reefs to recover while balancing messages of hope and loss.

The lifesize replica of the Volkswagen Beetle, an exhibit called Anthropocene (2011), lies at 8m (24ft) underwater in Cancun, Mexico, part of Museo Subaquatico de Arte (MUSA.)

The Silent Evolution (2010) consists of 400 life-size casts of individuals, designed to evolve into habitat for marine life.

There are more than 450 submerged sculptures at the MUSA, a monumental project.

top image: The Silent Evolution, Cancun, Mexico

[underwatersculpture via messy nessy chic]