The Underwater Art of Jason DeCaires Taylor

This post from Global Art Junkie raised my awareness and also a sudden question: Is an underwater museum a form of art outdoors? My guess is yes. What is yours?

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The Museum of Underwater Modern Art is doing an important  job: helping to generate coral to convert the life-size sculptures of  British artist Jason deCaires Taylor into new artificial reefs.  The figures are slowly changing in appearance as marine life develops.

The 400  forms, anchored 25 feet below the surface in Cancun, are fashioned from the faces of Mexican people who volunteered.  (All images © from Taylor’s project website)

Below, some figures as they were lowered into place.

Included in this installation, called The Silent Evolution, is a full size Volkswagen Beetle.  Like the other statues, it is made of a growth stimulating PH-neutral concrete to attract algae and marine life.   (Three other installations form this museum and deCaires Taylor also has projects in Granada and in Canterbury, England)

For the traveler, the underwater museum provides a unique reason to visit the National Marine Park of…

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for reblogging this post from my blog. What a great series of posts you have here!

    1. Global Art Junkie is a great resource and inspiration for me. Many thanks to you!

      1. Thank you DeborahLee, very much appreciated. You picked a great art installation. They are phenomenal, as is the artist’s imagination!

  2. Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy · · Reply

    This is amazing! Not only is it Art Outdoors, but art integrating nature.
    Thank you, Deb, for discovering Jason Decaires Taylor.

  3. Nancy Arons · · Reply

    Thanks Deb for introducing us to this
    Inspiring example of species integration and
    Preservation!

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