Stage One of the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) in Townsville North Queensland was officially launched on 1 August 2020 with tours commencing to the Coral Greenhouse installation at John Brewer Reef.

The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) in Townsville North Queensland comprises a series of installations by renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor that highlight reef conservation, restoration, and education.

As the only underwater art museum in the Southern Hemisphere, MOUA is a beautiful and innovative blend of art, science, culture and conservation.

The first stage of MOUA has already been installed including ‘Ocean Siren’ at The Strand and the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ at John Brewer Reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with further installations planned for Palm and Magnetic Islands.

MOUA redefines art by providing visitors with a unique and thought-provoking encounter with the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef offering a platform to share the stories of the reef, and the culture of its First Nations people.

‘Ocean Siren’ – The Strand, Townsville

The ‘Ocean Siren’ sculpture, modelled on local Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner Takoda Johnson, is installed alongside Townsville’s iconic jetty at The Strand with a vision to inspire reef and ocean conservation action and achieve positive environmental outcomes.

It receives live data from Davies Reef and changes colour in response to variations in the water temperature. The data is supplied by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (also located in Townsville).

The ‘Coral Greenhouse’- John Brewer Reef, Townsville, Great Barrier Reef
The ‘Coral Greenhouse’ sculpture at John Brewer Reef offers a world-class dive and snorkel experience – featuring a nine-metre stainless steel greenhouse structure and 20 reef guardian sculptures.

It’s the largest MOUA installation and the first-ever underwater building created by Jason deCaires Taylor who hopes to advance education and offer opportunities for scientists, marine students and tourists to engage in action-based learning and to conduct globally important research on coral reef restoration and new technology.

Divers and snorkelers alike will be able to immerse themselves in a unique experience with the reef which strongly connects them to reef conservation and rehabilitation.

Jason deCaires Taylor, Underwater Sculptor:

The installations that make up the Museum of Underwater Art are designed by world-famous underwater sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor.

Jason was among the first wave of new-generation artists to dive into the underwater realm and highlight it as an artistic exhibition space. His explore themes of conservation and environmental activism and include MUSA in Mexico and Museo Atlantico in Spain.


Jason on MOUA:

“The Museum of Underwater Art aims to create a (kind-of a) portal or an interface into our underwater world. A way to explore the Great Barrier Reef. To tell stories of the Great Barrier Reef and for people to understand what a fragile, beautiful and sacred space it really is.

“MOUA is intended as a meeting point, a place where art, tourism, and marine science can collide.

“An interface to explore the Great Barrier Reef, to discuss reef conservation, and also to provide educational and sustainable experiences for visitors.”

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