Worlds First Underwater Sculpture Park

by OldSailor on January 9, 2008

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We are aware about sculptures on the land. But very few know about underwater sculpture park. Read on to know further.

Creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason de Caires Taylor has gained international recognition for his unique work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationships between modern art and the environment. By using sculptures to create artificial reefs, the artist’s interventions promote hope and recovery, and underline our need to understand and protect the natural world.

Jason de Caires Taylor

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He (photo above) has graduated from Camberwell College of Art, London with a B.A.Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics. He is a fully qualified dive instructor with over 14 years of diving experience in a variety of countries worldwide. In May 2006 he set up what has become the world’s first underwater sculpture park, at Moliniere Bay in Grenada.

The experience of being underwater is vastly different from that of being on land. There are physical and optical considerations that must be taken into account. Objects appear twenty five percent larger underwater, and as a consequence they also appear closer. Colours alter as light is absorbed and reflected at different rates, with the depth of the water affecting this further. The light source in water is from the surface, this produces kaleidoscopic effects governed by water movement, currents and turbulence. Water is a malleable medium in which to travel enabling the viewer to become active in their engagement with the work. The large number of angles and perspectives from which the sculptures can be viewed increase dramatically the unique experience of encountering the works.

The sculptures are sited in clear shallow waters to afford easy access by divers, snorkellers and those in glass-bottomed boats.

Here are some photographs of underwater sculpture park

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View a video clip here

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Well done Jason de Caires Taylor keep up the good work. :)

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