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Underwater (ocean) Sculpture Park: Now with more pictures.
Underwater Sea Art 26 Life size children
Modern Underwater Sculptures
Probably your first thought when viewing the picture of this article is some long lost city that fell into the ocean hundreds of years ago, or maybe an article talking about how Atlantis has finally been found; I assure you this isn’t that article. In fact this sculptures are relatively new. They are creations of Jason de Caires Taylor an internationally recognized sculptor who is based out of London. The majority of Jason’s underwater sculptures are based in shallow water off the coast of Grenada.
The sculptures are cement sculptures and of a chemical composition that actually encourages colonization of coral and marine life. One of the main reason’s Jason chooses underwater for his background of these sculptures is to present a metaphor of how time and the environment impact the human body. A real interesting tidbit about these sculptures is that shifting ocean sands, the light filtered from the water, and even ocean currents can influence the viewing experience. The sculptures are in shadow water allowing for divers, snorkellers and tour boats with glass bottoms to easily view them.
Many of Jason’s works are in areas where either nature or mankind has decimated the ocean floor. His first underwater sculptures was in the Grace Reef (Grenada) which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. The Grace Reef sculpture’s were of 16 local Grenadian women who posed for Jason. Jason view’s his sculpture as living and growing art. As layers upon layers of coral begin to form on his sculptures. Jason currently has 65 sculpture settings most of which are in Grenade but he has some projects in Europe; and is rumored to be developing contracts in Mexico.