Feb 19, 2016

Art & The Sea

by Jason deCaries Taylor 

A few weeks ago I posted an update regarding my plans for if and when I win the Powerball Lottery. The post was the week in January when the Powerball jackpot was over a BILLION dollars.  I stand by those plans and will refer to them if and when I win, but I need to make an edit. I need to add supporting the underwater art and sculpture installations of Jason deCaires Taylor.  

A few days ago, a dear friend, Cindy Calloway, posted a link to Facebook regarding this artist and me, someone who loves loves loves all things related to art and loves loves loves all things related to the sea, of course I accessed the link and then the TED talk and then the artist website and then articles and photos and more videos. There is reference to a documentary, I need to find and view. 

I was immediately curious, like a little kid curious,  I wanted to know more and now I want to go to the art installation sites and check them out, and yes they are underwater in the sea.  Amazing how a link on FB, can take you to places, ideas, future travel plans, all in one click.

The Dream Collector
by Jason deCaires Taylor

8mm Depth, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico 

               JASON deCAIRES TAYLOR

Born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over 20 years diving experience under his belt, Taylor is also an award winning underwater photographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his evolving sculptures.

In 2006, Taylor founded and created the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Situated off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies it is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic and was instrumental in the creation of a National Marine Protected Area by the local Government. Following on in 2009 he co-founded MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a monumental museum with a collection of over 500 of his sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico; described by Forbes as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations. Both these ambitious, permanent public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats while at the same relieving pressure on natural resources.

Taylor’s art is like no other, a paradox of creation, constructed to be assimilated by the ocean and transformed from inert objects into living breathing coral reefs, portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging. Numerous publications and documentaries have featured his extraordinary work, including the BBC, CNN, USA Today, the Guardian, Vogue, New Scientist and the Discovery Channel, yet nothing can quite do justice to the ephemeral nature of his art; for each actual visit to his sites is both unique and subject to the dynamic, fluctuating environment of the ocean.

For more information click on the artist name above, you will be directed to his website.   
A sculpture on its way to the ocean installation in Mexico 

The Gardner by Jason deCaires Taylor 

Jason deCaires Taylor sculpture, the art is indeed living !