Monday, August 1, 2011

Magic under the Sea

Introducing one of the 
most fascinating and meaningful collections of art I have ever seen... 
above or under the sea.

la evolución silenciosa
400 life-size figures Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico

26 life-size figures Grenada, West Indies

el coleccionista de sueños (Dream Collector)
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Carved cement, People!
With an incredible range of experience, artist Jason de Caires Taylor has equipped himself with the skills required to execute stunning/y gorgeous and ambitious underwater projects. These public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.

Here's how it works:
Oceans teem with microscopic organisms that are constantly drifting down towards the sea bed, attaching to and colonizing on the way any hard secure surface, such as rock outcrops, and thereby creating the basis of a natural reef. Coral reefs attract an array of marine life (such as colourful fish, turtles, sea urchins, sponges, and sharks) and also provide enclosed spaces for sea creatures to breed or take refuge.

Only about 10 – 15% of the sea bed has a solid enough substratum to allow reefs to form naturally. In order to increase the number of reefs in these areas artificial reefs have recently been created from materials that are durable, secure and environmentally sensitive. These reefs appear to have been successful in that they have attracted coral growth which, in turn, can support an entire marine ecosystem.

One of the greatest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have lifted the pressure off natural reefs which, over the past few decades, have been over-fished and over-visited. By diverting attention to artificial reefs, natural reefs have now been given a greater chance to repair and to regenerate.

These sculptures are helping rebuild the coral reef system... and adding magical imagery for decades to come.

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