Monday, May 11, 2015

promoting reef growth through underwater art

In 2006, a man named Jason deCaires Taylor founded and created the world's first underwater sculpture park. It is located off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies and can be viewed via scuba diving, or with glass bottom kayaks. (He has since built sculptures in other areas, but Grenada was his first project.) While it looks a little creepy at first glance and would make me pretty nervous seeing it in person, his project played a big role in creating a National Marine Protected Area and has facilitated positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats. I don't mind seeing small fish and baseball-sized pieces of coral in the ocean. However, large fish and gigantic-sized pieces of coral (aka places  where large fish could swim out of) scare the living hell out of me. His site-specific, permanent work ("permanent" aside from a few hurricanes) are designed to act as artificial reefs and attract a myriad of undersea life. The photographs of his exhibits speak for themselves. Click here to view his website. 

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