Artificial reefs, underwater museum and habitat conservation!

18 Jul

I just discovered Jason de Caires Taylor and I love his dedication to art and to the environment, specifically the coral reefs.  He has a very impressive website www.underwatersculpture.com .  You guessed it!  He puts his sculptures underwater!

Over 400 life size figures on the ocean floor, 9m below the surface.

Each of his sculptures, life size figures, are created from specialized materials used to promote coral life.  Jason aims “to define a new era of living in a symbiotic relationship with nature.”  His sculptures, which can be found in Cancun, Mexicoand GrenadaWest Indies, have become huge tourist destinations.  However, by drawing tourists away from the reef and toward his artwork he has relieved some of the stresses that have been put on the natural reef habitats.  By placing his work in these  areas of the world with great marine diversity he has created artificial reefs which serve as habitat and breeding areas for marine life as well.

One of his latest works

Artificial reef habitat

I think his work is absolutely brilliant and serves such a great cause.  It’s no secret at this point that our reefs are dying a slow death and will one day gone unless we do something about it, starting now.  Jason has started; and he has done it in such a way that gets the attention the reefs need.

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4 Responses to “Artificial reefs, underwater museum and habitat conservation!”

  1. chuan July 19, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    I am impressed! Does he have blog, facebook page or twitter?

    • emmyla July 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Hi Chuan,
      Glad you like his stuff!

      His Twitter is @JasondeCairesT and he has a FB Fan page too under Jason deCaires Taylor. I haven’t found a blog.

      What a phenomenal way to express two of his greatest passions!!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Em

  2. Stephen Berson December 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I’m not sure if vertical narrow structures such as the form of the human body is the best choice to encourage growth of coral and reefs. A strong current can possibly knock them over. Perhaps horizontal structures would be a better choice. Research in that department is suggested. The detail of these sculptures are impressive and the design concept is fantastic!

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