Underwater Wonder Combining Sculpture & Conservation

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

What if art and the ocean could live symbiotically? Would it be in that sweet spot between science and art where we can come even closer to realizing our place in the natural world? And what if an artist intended to let the ocean help create underwater sculptures?

Jason deCaires Taylor is creating underwater wonders not just in the ocean, but with it…

5791119155_63f496dea9_o
Source: Scuba Catalogue // Flickr

Here is James Buxton’s description of Taylor’s work:

Jason deCaires Taylor is an internationally acclaimed sculptor who creates underwater living installations, offering viewers mysterious, ephemeral encounters and fleeting glimmers of another world where art develops from the effects of nature on the efforts of man. His site-specific, permanent works are designed to act as artificial reefs, attracting corals, increasing marine biomass and aggregating fish species, while crucially diverting tourists away from fragile natural reefs and thus providing space for natural rejuvenation. Subject to the abstract metamorphosis of the underwater environment, his works symbolize a striking symbiosis between man and nature, balancing messages of hope and loss. 1

Recently, Taylor set out on his largest endeavor to create the world’s largest underwater sculptures. Check out his story withThe Creators Project:

I love this project because it lies at the intersection of conservation, art, and culture. The kind of foresight it takes to create underwater sculptures seems somehow symbolic of what can happen when we turn to nature for inspiration, and involve communities in conservation.

And here’s the amazing thing: there are so many people in the world doing work with this level of inspiration! We feature them every day on this website. everwideningcircles.com is our ad-free project to prove it is still an amazing world (our motto).

We publish one carefully fact-checked article each day (there are now 300+) on every subject under the sun. Take a look at the kind of wonder you’ll find here:

 

If you’ve got a few more minutes, scroll down our homepage to start a few more little journeys that will put a spring in your step, and stop by tomorrow!

If you’d like to learn more about this project, or help in some small way, click here to learn more. We are growing a community of people from 190 countries, who are changing the dialogue about the state of our world.

And have a great day.

-Liesl
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV