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Jason deCaires Taylor constructs underwater sculpture installations to preserve marine life.

Wonder of the World: Underwater Sculpture Park

Born in 1974, Jason deCaires Taylor is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who creates underwater sculpture parks and installations, offering astoundingly impressive visuals to travelers. The world renowned sculptor spent most of his childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia inspiring him to become a diving instructor and an underwater naturalist. Jason deCaires has over 20 years of diving experience and is also an award winning underwater photographer.

Jason deCiares Taylor creates underwater sculpture parks to protect coral reefs and marine life.
The sculptures evolve according to the changing marine environment.
Jason deCiares Taylor creates underwater sculpture parks.
The sculpture provides habitat space to coral reefs and algae.
Jason deCiares Taylor creates underwater sculpture parks.
The Night series constructed by Jason deCaires Taylor to conserve endangered marine life.

This underwater sculpture park is  like no other, paradox of creation, pioneering and promoting successful examples of marine conservation and environmental awareness. The sculptor aims to create and instigate social awareness regarding the beautiful underwater world. In 2006, Jason DeCaires constructed his first underwater sculpture gallery in the west coast of Grenada, West Indies. It is now one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World claimed by National Geographic which also led to the creation of National Marine Protected area by the government. By 2009, Jason deCaires co-founded the Museo Subacuático de Arte, an underwater museum with a collection of 500 sculpture installations immersed in the coast of Cancun, Mexico. This museum was termed by Forbes as the world’s most unique travel destination.

The Anthropocene, underwater sculpture park constructed in 2011 in Mexico.
The Anthropocene, underwater sculpture park formed in 2011.
Underwater museum constructed in 2011.
A life size replica of the classic Volkswagan Beetle encloses a “Lobster City” and is designed to attract crustaceans.

Besides Taylor’s aim to conserve fragile marine life, his underwater sculpture galleries promote more than beauty. The world renowned artist’s goal is to have a more practical and functional approach. The underwater artworks facilitate positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats while at the same time relieving pressure on natural resources. The underwater sculpture galleries are constructed in order to act as artificial reefs designed to attract corals, increase marine biomass and protect fish species, altogether providing space for natural rejuvenation. Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculpture represents a message of hope and loss. His work symbolizes balance between man and nature.

Inertia, an underwater sculpture park formed in Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
Inertia, depicts a man sitting on a couch, ignorant of his surroundings and environmental crisis.
Inertia formed in 2011 is a famous underwater park.
Inertia, attracts a huge population of juvenile fish.

The underwater artwork constructed by Taylor changes over time in sync with the marine environment. The sculptures illuminate and create a living aspect, in turn increasing biological growth and adaptability which otherwise is difficult to achieve artificially. One of the most astounding underwater sculpture park is the Silent Evolution constructed in Mexico. The park consists of 400 sculptures of individuals taken from a broad cross section of humanity and has been designed to attract fish and corals on a scale of 420 square meters. These sculptures evolve over time depicting the changes in nature and human deception. Eventually the underwater sculpture artwork will be engulfed by marine life  portraying as a underwater conservation haven.

The Gardener, is an iconic sculpture submerged deep into Mexico.
The Gardener, is covered with corals rescued after tropical storms and damaging human activity.
The Last Supper is submerged 5 meters in Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
The Last Supper museum attracts a huge population of endangered marine life.

Another coherent aspect to Taylor’s underwater museum is to represent loss and fragility. The sculptor ponders that over the course of time things have changed rapidly be it technology, culturally or geographically. His sculptures represent an underlying sense of loss. Jason DeCaires Taylor’s another ambitious project called the Lost Correspondent records some of the lost sentiments over the years. Installed at a depth of 8 meters in Gernada, West Indies, is a sculpture of a man sitting at his desk with a typewriter poised in eternal deliberation. Like his typewriter, the man is a forgotten relic, an antique, stifled by rapid changing technology and modernity.

The Last Correspondent was constructed in 2006 and is installed in Grenada, West Indies.
The Last Correspondent depicts a man sitting at his desk with a typewriter poised in eternal deliberation.
The iconic typewriter of the Last Correspondent sculptures.
The Last Correspondent, portrays typewrite as an antique, a forgotten relic amidst rapid changing technology.
The Silent Evolution, underwater sculpture park is submerged at a depth of 8 metres in Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The Silent Evolution depicts the many faces of humanity.

Taylor’s underwater sculpture parks have garnered the world’s attention. People and travelers are flocking to see the submerged sculpture installations. However, the artist hopes the government takes the initiative to portray his parks as conservation centers and is taking huge steps to create more awareness. Although shallow seas constitute only 8% of the mighty oceans but contain most of the marine life. The sculptures installed not only replicate the ecosystem but also ensure that the divers and snorkelers are able to view his work.

The Dream Collector is submerged 8 metres in Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The Dream Collector sculpture provides a secure habitat space to marine life.
Inheritance sculpture is submerged 4 meters deep in Mexico.
Inheritance, underwater sculpture museum in Punta Nizac, Mexico.
Urban reef underwater sculpture park is formed to provide a habitat to puffer and squirrel fish.
Large cavernous space in the sculpture provides habitat space to puffer and squirrel fish.

Scientists have predicted a permanent demise of natural coral reefs by 2050. This underwater sculpture park and installation portrays the finest example of what individual imagination and collective effort to preserve and conserve the endangered marine ecosystem can achieve. Jason deCaires conducts various workshops for Art and Design students as part of their projects. There are various exhibitions planned for people to explore the underwater sculpture parks and learn about the process of how the sculptures are constructed and installed.

Viccisitudes, underwater sculpture park is located in Grenada, West Indies.
The process of constructing underwater sculptures to be installed in Grenada, West Indies.     
The Holy Man, underwater sculpture submerged in Punta Nizuc, Mexico.
Jason deCaires Taylor, installing the Holy Man sculpture in Punta Nizuc, Mexico.                             

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