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Jason deCaires Taylor, “Ocean Atlas.”

Recently completed and installed earlier in October is Jason deCaires Taylor’s massive “Ocean Atlas” sculpture which weighs over 60 tons.  The underwater sculpture was installed in Nassau, Bahamas and is the largest underwater sculpture ever recorded and was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation for their ongoing underwater garden project.

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The Cancun Underwater Museum

This truly unique “musuem” is one of the largest man-made underwater attractions on Earth and is located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Cancun Underwater Museum has over 400 life-size sculptures designed by English artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The installation is designed to become an artificial reef. The sculptures are all made from ph neutral clay in order to promote the growth of coral reefs and marine life.

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To experience Jason DeCaires Taylor’s work, you need to have a scuba license. An avid environmental advocate, the artist submerges his sculptures several meters underwater in hopes of assimilating them with the region’s natural coral reefs. Over time, the works become overgrown with coral and turn into part of the underwater landscape. Taylor has installed underwater sculpture parks off the coasts of Cancun, Mexico and Grenada in the West Indies and recently created a new work in Nassau, Bahamas titled “Ocean Atlantis.” A monumental statue of a crouching woman, the piece is not only aesthetically fascinating but will contribute to the health of the region’s coral reef system. See more on Hi-Fructose.

Here at the Earth Story we share with our loyal fans beautiful photos of our lovely home. We also from time to time share some not so beautiful stories about environmental problems that are affecting the Earth today. We do this as a reminder that we have to take care of our planet. But, we don’t want to be all doom and gloom either, so with that said; we think it is important to also share positive stories on how we are trying to improve the state of our environment. This photo is a perfect example.

This is Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun. It is an underwater museum, filled with hundreds of sculptures between 4 and 10 metres below the surface. You might think this is just some eccentric art project, but it is actually an imaginative ecosystem conservation method. The project is known as ‘the silent Evolution’ and its aim is to engage tourists in sustainable tourism. 

Coral reef systems in Cancun have suffered over the last few decades due to increased human interaction and pollution. As a result, Jason deCaires Taylor; a British artist, came up with the idea for MUSA. The sculptures themselves are made with cement, sand, microfibre glass and live coral. This project has had a twofold benefit; the natural environment of corals in the area is recovering, while the sculptures themselves are attracting marine life that had fled the area due to stress on the environment. Taylor noted that, “The Silent Evolution has attracted 11 large grey angel fish which had not been seen on the local reefs for a couple years “. 

This is a truly remarkable and innovative example of a successful and sustainable conservation technique!

-Jean

For more photos and videos see : http://www.aquaworld.com.mx/underwatermuseum.html

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She’s 18 Feet Tall, Weighs 60 Tons, And Sits Underwater In The Bahamas.

Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor who’s started a series of underwater sculpture parks. It’s an effort to support the growth of coral reefs and marine life. His latest sculpture called Ocean Atlasthe largest sculpture ever deployed under water, was installed off the coast of Nassau earlier this month.

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