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January 12, 2015

Today, I was reminded of the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, which I find deeply touching. He makes sculptures – really quite beautiful, technically accomplished and thought-provoking – which he then plunges into the sea and plants with living coral. He allows the work to grow and photographs it. The results are quite haunting.

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Jason deCaires Taylor (born 12 August 1974) is an English sculptor specialising in the creation of contemporary underwater sculptures which over time develop into artificial coral reefs. Taylor integrates his skills as a conservationist, underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor to produce unique installations that encourage the habitation and growth of corals and marine life. His early work includes Vicissitudes, Grace Reef, The Lost Correspondent and The Unstill Life. All are located in the world´s first public underwater sculpture park in Molinere Bay, Grenada, West Indies, commissioned in 2006. More recently his most ambitious project to date is the creation of the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum, MUSA, situated off the coast of Cancun and the western coast of Isla Mujeres. Works in the museum include Hombre en llamas (Man on Fire ), La Jardinera de la Esperanza (The Gardener of Hope), El Colecionista de los Sueños (The Dream Collector) and La Evolución Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution).

His website can be found here.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

    I love this! Thank you for sharing … All the best, Annabel

  2. January 12, 2015 3:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Lindas Blog and commented:
    Really thought provoking art

  3. January 12, 2015 3:44 pm

    Shades of Pompeii, beautiful.

  4. Bridget permalink
    January 12, 2015 9:16 pm

    These are really beautiful. The short films on the artist’s website are well worth watching too. Thankyou for blogging this.

  5. January 13, 2015 6:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Blog Rest and Play.

  6. January 13, 2015 7:14 pm

    Wow, if ever there was a reason to become a diver, this is it!

  7. January 14, 2015 7:11 am

    Inspiring.

  8. January 15, 2015 4:09 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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