Incredible underwater sculptures turn into living reefs

Jun 27, 2012 by

Grist.org

By Jess Zimmerman

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s work wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery, clinic but that would defeat the purpose. Taylor mounts his exhibitions underwater, store leaving his sculptureson the ocean floor to be colonized by algae, seaweed, and coral.

Taylor says that his work is “constructed to be assimilated by the ocean … portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging.” It also probably creeps the bejesus out of unprepared divers.

It’s not just that Taylor leaves his art hanging around near coral reefs. Some of the sculptures are actually optimized with undersea wildlife in mind. This one’s got holes intended to offer shelter for fish and lobsters.

And here’s the result.

 

Jess Zimmerman is the editor of Grist List.

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