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Inspiring Sustainability Through Art
Jason DeCaires Taylor is an internationally acclaimed eco-sculptor who creates inspirational underwater sculptures that promote the regeneration of marine ecosystems whilst using art as a narrative to convey hope and awareness to the plight of our planet. The underwater installations enhance the rejuvenation of the marine ecosystem whilst providing a platform to demonstrate the positive impact mankind can have addressing key environmental threats.
The site-specific, permanent works act as artificial reefs; attracting corals, increasing marine biomass and aggregating fish species, while crucially diverting tourists away from fragile natural reefs and thus providing space for their natural renewal. Since 2006 Jason has created and founded two large scale underwater museums.
INERTIA shows the human ability to live within a bubble. This tunnel-vision piece aims to immortalise our general apathy toward global warming.
THE LOST CORRESPONDENT informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.
Grenada, West Indies: First Installation 2006 Underwater Sculpture Park consisting of 65 public works spread throughout a coastal bay, covering an area of 800sq metres. Supported by the Grenada board of Tourism and the Ministry of Fisheries, the park currently receives around 20,000 visitors a year to a site that was never previously visited. The Park is located two miles north of the capital St Georges, the Bay suffered considerable storm damage in recent years and the placement of an artificial structure has provided a new base for marine life to proliferate.
THE SILENT EVOLUTION
Cancun, Mexico: First Installation 2009 Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) consists of 486 individual sculptures placed in two underwater “Salones” situated within the Parque Nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc. Commissioned by the regional government the Museum is listed in the top 5 Caribbean snorkel destinations and currently receives around 150,000 visitors each year. The Park demonstrates the interaction between art and the environment whilst forming a complex reef structure for marine life to colonise, inhabit and increase biomass on a grand scale. The installations occupy an area of over 420sq metres of barren seabed and weigh over 200 tons.
Installation Benefits: • The creation of an artificial reef to increase overall marine biomass. • A protective area for marine species to reproduce and take refuge. • Divert tourists away from natural areas minimizing human impact. • Educate and engage residents and tourists of the threats. • An opportunity for marine research and collection of field data.
The Development of Coraline Algae (the foundations of a coral reef) over 2 year period, Cancun Mexico.
Life Cast populated with pink sponges after 18 months, Cancun Mexico.
Europe’s First Underwater Museum of Art: We are pleased to announce plans to build the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated in turquoise clear waters off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain, the installation will be constructed at around 12m deep and accessible to snorkelers, divers and observers in glass bottom boats.
The concept, centered around a gateway and division, will include a variety of installations based on the dialogue between past, present and current divisions within society. It will feature at its heart an underwater botanical sculpture garden referencing local flora and fauna. The project, drawing on the dialogue between art and nature, is designed to create a large scale artificial reef whilst questioning the commodification of the World’s natural resources and land masses. The Museum will be constructed using tried and tested, environmentally friendly, pH neutral materials and the formations will be tailored to suit endemic marine life. The project will be the first time that large scale architectural elements have been deployed underwater and occupy an area of barren sea bed approximately 100m x 100m