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Underwater Worlds

Many artists grab our attention with their displays or messages, but what if their work isn’t readily available to be viewed by the public eye?

Land based artists present their creativity in various ways, however when your work is largely underwater that may present a challenge in getting it to the observer.

That is, unless you are Jason deCaires Taylor, whose astonishing underwater sculptures are internationally renowned. His famous works have appeared in several documentaries, and seeing them come to life in their watery worlds is quite impressive.

While placing foreign items like sculptures into the water may at first seem like blatant pollution, his creations are actually made to encourage and sustain coral reef development. Coral reefs encourage healthy marine life development by providing shelter and food availability. Both natural and manmade devastations to coral reef regions have caused a sharp decline in them. According to the artist there is only around 10 to 15% of the sea bed that is able to provide an effective surface for natural reefs to develop.

In attempts to increase this number, artificial reefs are being installed from environmentally safe articles that enable productive growth. Because microscopic organisms float downward to the floor of the sea and attach to hard surfaces, over time natural reefs will form. This is the artist’s intent, and seems to be helping the diminishing reef population.

Underwater Worlds

Underwater Worlds

Underwater Worlds

Underwater Worlds

Considered living artwork, his sculptures are meant to become modified with the changing water’s atmosphere. As the sea life flourishes, the forms change their appearance.

Underwater Worlds

His work is unique not only because of its striking watery presentation but also because it is a human alteration to the sea that is actually meant as constructive.

Underwater Worlds

All images are via Jason deCaires Taylor from Underwater Sculpture.

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