Cement replica of the classic Volkswagon beetle has been sunk

A life size 8 ton cement replica of the classic Volkswagon beetle has been sunk at a depth of 8 metres on the Manchones Reef, Cancun, Mexico

Designed by Jason deCaires Taylor the sculpture is built to house marine life

The Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Art Museum plan to install more than 400 concrete sculptures off the coast of Mexico

Other submerged sculptures at the underwater park by the British/Guyanese artist Jason de Caires Taylor include the Dream Collector

The sculpture features dozens of bottles containing messages of encouragement sent from around the world

Man on Fire features 75 holes planted with fire coral

The Gardener of Hope depicts a young girl lying on a garden patio

The Marine National Park off the coast of Cancun attracts about 750,000 visitors each year

The underwater museum is one method of reducing the impact of tourism on the region’s natural coral reefs because the sculptures create a new, artificial habitat