Stunning underwater sculptures
Jason de Caires Taylor specialises in underwater sculpture work. I just saw his piece ‘Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA)’ for The National Marine Park of Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc (pictured) and it’s both gorgeous and uplifting.
There are currently four separate installations, the most recent being The Silent Evolution. Each of the figures is cast from life and represents a huge variety of ages and occupations, predominantly Mexican.
Each sculpture is made from specialized materials used to promote coral life and the whole thing occupies over 420sq metres of barren sea bed. The idea is that over the course of time the sculptures will change as ocean life interacts with the works and they, in turn, provide a base for an artificial reef.
The artist says: “The ocean is imbued with mystery. Underwater and devoid of white walls the viewer is unrestrained in their interaction with the work. Buoyancy and weightlessness enable a detached physical experience, encouraging encounters that are perceptual and personal. As time passes and the works change, they reshape and redefine the underwater landscape in unpredictable ways.”
All images © Jason de Caires Taylor