Underwater Sculptures – Fascinating and Sinister at the Same Time!

Not many people have seen the spectacle that plays out before the coasts of Mexico, Lanzarote and Grenada. If you decide to ditch the mainland, a whole world of underwater sculptures awaits you. The British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created a place that excites and provokes a peculiar feeling on closer inspection.

The metamorphosis of the underwater sculptures

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Explore the museum… with fins

Jason de Caires Taylor had a unique idea, as he decided to raise an underwater park filled with figures which would never be completed. He created sculptures and put them in place, but the real star of the show is nature itself. Algae, corals and other scaly sea dwellers take on the task and turn his works into something extraordinary. It’s because of nature that the sculptures are constantly deformed and changing.

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Nature protection is especially close to Jaseon deCaires Taylor’s heart, as he wants to provide the life forms with a habitat away from the mainland and create a reef made by human hands. His parks relieve the other diving hot spots in the area and the reefs get a chance to recover. Better still, the type of concrete which he uses for his sculptures is inhabited by sea creatures.

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 Social criticism underwater

The artists kept a socially critical background in his projects and so you can see an overweight man eating fast foods in front of a TV, men in suits with their briefcases that bury their heads in the sand or a boat filled with refugees. You feel quite uneasy when you look into the faces of the human figures and see how nature has deformed them.

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You have to dive up to 10 metres into the depths to admire one of the countless underwater sculptures. Just in front of the coast of Mexico, where the Museo Subaquatico de Arte came into being, there are over 500 individual sculptures awaiting you.

Underwater park near Lanzarote

If you don’t want to fly all the way to Mexico, you can dive in another underwater park off the coast of Lanzarote from 2nd February. In the coming months the park is to be expanded by another 35 to 300 sculptures.

Location: Playa Las Coloradas near Yaiza in south-west of Lanzarote.

If you’d also like to dive into the underwater world and see for yourself how creative nature can be with these sculptures, just pack your fins and hop on a plane!

 

Photos: www.underwatersculpture.com / facebook.com/Jason-deCaires-Taylor

 

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