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Today's topic is "Museum of Underwater Art Opens in Australia"
The new Museum of Underwater Art is now open in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The museum is two hours by boat from Townsville, Queensland, and is 18 meters below the ocean’s surface.
The museum features sculptures from British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor created the world's first underwater sculpture park in Grenada in 2006, and has made other underwater museums in Mexico and Spain.
The new museum hopes to get people thinking about climate change and protecting coral reefs. It is made out of material that helps new coral grow, and also provides a home for underwater wildlife.
The largest sculpture, Coral Greenhouse, weighs more than 58 metric tons and is the first underwater building by the artist. Inside, there are places for fish and other wildlife to live and hide, as well as 20 sculptures of children. Doorways allow divers to swim into the building.
Another sculpture, Ocean Siren, is just 30 meters from the Townsville coast. It is of an indigenous girl from the local community, and is the only sculpture in the museum that can be seen above the surface. Lights on the sculpture change color depending on the water temperature, showing the rising sea temperatures in the area.
The museum will create 182 jobs for the local community, and is expected to bring 50,000 visitors to Townsville each year. Several more sculptures will be added in 2021.