Jason deCaires Taylor is an environmentalist and artist who is drawing attention both to and away from the world’s vulnerable ocean reefs.
While there are many factors affecting the world reefs and the rest of the aquatic ecosystems, tourism has been a major factor in damaging some of these structures. So Taylor has decided to give people something else to visit – underwater sculptures.
The underwater sculpture parks of Jason deCaires Taylor
Throughout the world’s oceans, you will find amazing, sustainably made sculptures – and in some cases entire sculpture parks. Divers can not only visit these, but in some cases they are becoming their own ecosystems.
According to CBS News (cited below0: “Each year, over half a million people worldwide visit Taylor’s museums and sculpture parks. These unique underwater attractions act as portals to the marine world and provide visitors with intimate encounters with marine life and an alternative perspective on our blue planet.”
The underwater sculpture park
Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert diver to visit many of these creations. In fact, you can just get out your snorkle for most of them.
Taylor’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park off the coast of Grenada is a mere 15 feet deep. It was created after a hurricane damaged many coral reefs off the coast of the island.
According to CBS news: “The sculptures made of non-polluting concrete kept growing and changing as ocean creatures moved into them along with plants and fish. Coral is slowly turning the sculptures into artificial reefs.”
Encouraging life under the sea
Taylor builds his eco-friendly pH-neutral concrete sculptures in barren parts of the underwater world. That way, he’s not displacing anything that already lives there.
In the end, the fact that his art encourages life to flourish nearby is giving aquatic creates more options to sustain life. – WTF fun facts