Underwater Sculpture Park

Blog: 05.24.11

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 06:00 AM

“Haunting” and “beautiful” are generic terms can apply to so many works of art. But Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures truly are haunting and beautiful. The sculptures are mostly human figures, modeled after locals in Cancun and the West Indies and made of an artificial material that acts like coral reef. Collectively, they comprise the world’s only underwater sculpture gardens. They serve a practical purpose as well — to divert the millions of tourists away from the real coral reef. 

When the sculptures are first installed, they look like figures from Pompeii, frozen in time. Since many of the figures are sculpted from face masks, their expressions are scrunched up, as if they were trying to hold their breath as long as they could. Haunting, right? The beauty is immediately evident as the figures appear to decay — but actually they’re growing with pink, yellow and green marine life. It’s a calming and pleasant look at eternity: seeing death as a part of the natural course of life on this planet, and life that's so much bigger than the parameters of our daily concerns.

If you don’t have time to book a vacation to Cancun, you can enjoy looking at the videos and photographs.


Slideshow: Underwater Sculpture Gardens

Jason de Caires Taylor's "La Evolción Silencio (The Silent Evolution)" is located off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.

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La Evolución Silenciosa

The sculptures are modeled after people who live in Cancun.

The sculptures are made of artificial coral reef-like material that attracts sea life.

Before, after, and way after: the statues evolve into mini biological ecosystems.

Jason de Caires Taylor's "Vicissitudes" is located in the waters of The West Indies.

Silent evolution at work.


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Iris Pena


May. 24 2011 01:14 PM

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