March 3, 2016 5:56 AM EST

To see this sculpture, you’ll need a scuba mask–because it’s in Europe’s first underwater museum, Museo Atlantico, which opened March 2 off Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The concept came from British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, whose 70 sculptures, including the refugee-focused Raft of Lampedusa (below), were installed for the museum’s launch. Some proceeds from guided tours go toward local conservation efforts. “The idea is to engage people more with the underwater world,” Taylor says. “We should be doing everything to protect it.”

–Julie Shapiro

Diver

Sculpture

This appears in the March 14, 2016 issue of TIME.

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