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THE UNDERWATER SCULPTURES OF JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR
These carved cement sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor are located near Isla Mujeres, Mexico not far from Cancun. Not only are they an artistic venture, but also function as an artificial reef. Weighing one to two tons each, they are placed in such a way that they should withstand a category 4 hurricane. The concrete is porous to enable corals to attach and grow on the sculptures. In a few years they should be totally covered with corals, sponges, etc.
With an English father and Guyanese mother Taylor was raised in Europe and Asia. His early interest in the underwater world was in Malaysia. At a young age he had a fascination with art in public places, beginning as a graffiti artist. Later he had formal training in art, graduating in 1998 from the London Institute of Arts, with a B.A. Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics.
There are three areas near Cancun and Isla Mujeres where one can find these marvelous sculptures of indigenous figures. I have only visited one, but hope to see them all some day. There is another installation in Grenada, West Indies.
For more information go to www.underwatersculpture.com
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