Photo Courtesy of Jason deCaires TaylorBeing able to display your work as an artist is a very important and exciting experience. Some hope to put their work in museums, in parks, or even the streets in a major city. For Jason deCaires Taylor, the depths of the ocean floor was the perfect place to make his beautiful art work come alive.
Taylor grew up around Europe and Asia and as a child could be found exploring Malaysia’s majestic coral reefs. He later went on to attend the London Institute of Arts where he received a degree in sculpture. The fondness for the water he acquired in his youth drove him to become a diving instructor and underwater naturalist. Gaining nearly 20 years of diving experience, Taylor has also become an award winning underwater photographer where he is able to document his many sculptures and the evolving effects the ocean has had on them over the years.
Located off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies, sits the first underwater sculpture park founded by Taylor in 2006, in which National Geographic named as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World. Most recently, Taylor created Museo Subaquatico de Arte (MUSA), an underwater museum consisting of over 450 public sculptural pieces off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.
Taylor’s work is not only art, it becomes one with the ocean over time as his sculptures turn into actual coral reefs. His impressive public art has demonstrated efforts for marine conservation and urges for more environmental awareness of the exquisite world living under the water. To see more, visit UnderwaterSculpture.com.