Underwater Art

Since we returned from Barbados, I can’t stop thinking about our snorkeling adventure. The underwater world is so different from anything I have ever seen before. A while back I was watching a discovery channel special on unique art around the world, and they spent some time discussing Jason deCaires Taylor. He takes real people and does molds of their entire bodies and then sculpts them into cement! The sculptures are then submerged into the sea creating an underwater gallery that later doubles as a home for marine life.

“With this range of experiences he was equipping himself with the skills required to execute the ambitious underwater projects that have made his name. Carving cement instead of stone and supervising cranes while in full scuba gear to create artificial reefs submerged below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, the various strands of his diverse life resolve themselves convincingly in the development of his underwater sculptures. These ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.”

Being an art major in college and having such a love for the sea makes these exhibits twice as enticing to me. I can’t imagine how breathtaking these must be in person… I hope I find out for myself one day.

The Process:

The finished products:

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