JASON DE CAIRES TAYLOR and His Underwater Galleries in the Heart of the Ocean

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Under the water is hidden a totally different, quote unknown and incredibly interesting world. When you have the chance to see it with your own eyes you get the feeling of some unspeakable, silent and indescribable magic. Water is equality of Life, its main measure and substance. Imagine how incredibly the art, placed in such unexpected place looks like! No, it is not a fruit of my rich fantasy, it is a piece of reality – may be not mine, or yours, but exactly for Jason deCaires Taylor. The combination of English father and Guyanese mother predetermined quite unusual life for the young boy. Born in 1974, Taylor grew up between Europe and Asia. He spent much of his early childhood there dedicated his time to exploration of the coral reefs of Malaysia. In 1998 Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts with a BA Honours in Sculpture. Being in love with the water he soon became a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over than 18 years diving experience, Taylor is also between the award winning underwater photographers. He became famous with his dramatic images, which capture in the best way the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his underwater sculptures. These picks are a kind of stories about the cooperation between people and nature in the name of Art.
The talent of the sculpture, the passion of the underwater diver and the Nature protector were united when Jason came to idea to create the first underwater sculpture park. Situated off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies the park now is listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic.
    The last reason for Jason to be proud of himself is his project named MUSA /“Museo Subacuatico de Arte” or in English “ Underwater Art Museum”/. The monumental museum represents artist’s collection of over 500 sculptural works submerged off the coast of Cancun /Mexico/.  Forbes had described it as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations and the divers who had seen it accept that creation as one of the greatest underwater wonders on the planet. The practical side of these underwater art spaces is to reveal how incredible could be the results of the human work helped by the Nature and her wonder shaping hand.
There is a kind of paradox in Taylor’s art. This art is like no other and the paradox of its creation is that “it was constructed to be assimilated by the ocean and transformed from inert objects into living breathing coral reefs, portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging” as the artist says.
  The public art projects of Jason deCaires Taylor are brave pioneering steps toward the new times in which we are living already. They are not just nice examples of successful marine conservation, but inspirational art works that are affecting the mind and thinking of the people around, encouraging the environmental awareness and appreciation of the breathtaking natural beauty of the underwater world. That world is still hidden in deep mystery for the most of us but it is nice that we already know that it exists and inspires our imagination.
    If you wonder where all these figures are made, I have to admit that Taylor’s studio is currently based in Lanzarote part of the Canary Islands and if you ask me how these colossal measures and volumes are replaced and submerged it can be difficult for me to describe you. But it is not easy at all you can be sure of that. What is the next project of Jason I still do not know, but can assure you it will as great as all the others done before. 

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