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Europe’s Underwater Museum Features A Haunting Exhibit

The eerie exhibits highlight ocean conservation and the ongoing refugee crisis…

Off the coast of northwestern Africa, down below the clear azure waters of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, a haunting exhibit trains its blind eyes under the depths.

Divers and curious tourists who venture below the water are stunned at the sinister and otherworldly figures that are walking, standing, sitting, and lying down on the ocean floor of the volcanic archipelago.

The grey-skinned models give off an eerie presence…

They are the drowned figures of Museo Atlantico, Europe’s first underwater museum.

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The unique installation is the work of celebrated British sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, who is known for creating underwater sculptures that double as artificial reefs. His work was conceived in 2009 to draw some of the 750,000 annual visitors away from the area’s natural reefs towards the featureless seabed.

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Combining his love for marine conservation and underwater photography, Taylor’s art has been listed by National Geographic as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World.

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Museo Atlantico will be a permanent installation to raise awareness of the dangers threatening the world’s oceans.

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A total of 300 eco-friendly and life-size figures rest 15 meters beneath the surface in the underwater botanical garden alongside native Lanzarote aquatic plants.

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It will also act as an artificial reef where Taylor promotes his advocacy by providing a haven for different fish species to spawn below the coast of Spain’s far-flung territories.

One of the installations, entitled “The Raft of Lampedusa,” features the horrific incident involving a sunken boat carrying Syrian refugees.

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Another set features people engrossed in their electronic gadgets, oblivious to the world around them.

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Taylor’s installations send a chilling message to the people above the surface. Certainly, the haunting spectacle of the Museo Atlantico will be a sight not soon forgotten when the underwater museum opens to the diving and snorkeling public on February 25.

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H/T: Inhabitat

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This Guy Spent Years Taking Photos Of This Unbelievable ‘Small Town’

Look closely and you’ll be surprised…

Looking at Michael Paul Smith’s photos is like turning back the hands of time. His vintage-inspired images absolutely capture the vibe of quintessential America from decades ago. The town looks visually stunning but actually, they are not what they seem to be.

Yes, the pictures carry a little surprise. There’s really something more to them than meets the eye. No doubt, you will pleasantly be amazed when you find out what they really are.

Go scroll down, look closely, and try to find out what's so special about these vintage images:...

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This Artist Does A Wonderful Job Giving A Creepy, Tim Burton Feel To Disney Characters

You’d wish a Tim Burton-directed Pinocchio will exist.

When it comes to Tim Burton’s work, it’s hard to miss out on his signature. The critically-acclaimed director is best known for his unique, gothic films and animation, which blends horror and fantasy perfectly. No wonder a lot of people are fascinated by his talent.

For artist Andrew Tarusov, the best way to showcase just how much he loves Burton’s style is through showing it in his own art. The Los-Angeles based artist gives a dark and creepy feel to the Disney films we all love. From “Beauty and the Beast” to “The Little Mermaid,” Tarusov has brought gothic, Tim-Burton-style art into these fairy tale characters and giving you idea what it would be like if Tim Burton would direct a Disney film. Check out his drawings below.

Is Bambi adorable or just plain creepy?

Is Bambi adorable or just plain creepy?...

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These Milky Way Photos Will Totally Leave You Breathless

See the best thing nature can offer in the eyes of a photographer.

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Nature scenes have been a common subject of photography. They never fail to capture the attention of the people. One of the most spectacular nature scenes is the Milky Way and you can’t deny that photos of them are always worth wasting time with, even if all you do is just stare at them.

A photographer from Christchurch, New Zealand has perfectly captured the Milky Way on his camera. His name is Rob Dickinson and he is not your ordinary photographer because he times his subject to make sure he captures them at their finest moments.

Here are some of the shots Dickinson took in his many years of chasing the Milky Way. The photos are so amazing, some people may think they are fake, but they are not. He is just that amazing....

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