Concrete Favourite: Jason DeCaires Taylor's Underwater Sculptures
Museo Atlantico is the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain, artist Jason DeCaires Taylor installed a 30m long 100 ton wall, an underwater botanical sculpture garden, and over 200 life size-human figures 14 metres beneath the surface. Taylor's breath-taking underwater sculptures are not only beautiful, but instigate dialogue between art and nature.
Made of an environmentally friendly, inert, pH neutral cement, the statues get their one of a kind details through the process of casting people. Statues are also designed with different textures that provide a stable environment to encourage marine life and plant growth. Strategically positioned down current from natural reefs, coral polyps are able to attach after spawning and have a place to settle. Slowly, colourful coral finish his pieces as seen in Reclamation (pictured). The angel’s wings, formed of gorgonian sea fans are being invaded by fire coral and slowly turn gold. Larger sculptures are even designed internally to have livable structures for crustaceans and can aggregate fish at large scales.
Thoughtful design and use of concrete encourage life, subsequent decay, rebirth and metamorphosis that are a part of a healthy sea-life. Through his work, Taylor brings awareness to the conditions of climate change, emphasizing the understanding of our destruction of nature and that conservation of our oceans is important. To hear more about how Taylor's work strives to protect the waters, watch his TedTalk here.
Other notable works including Ocean Atlas standing at 40 ft and The Rising Tide in the Thames River can be seen on his website here.