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Intriguing Underwater Sculptures

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Art is not only about pretty and abstract paintings, but the thought and the way its executed. Like Jason Taylor, the British-born artist who has created exceptional underwater sculptures on the seabed of the Caribbean island, Grenada. On seeing more of his work, you will understand that how the changing face of these sculptures underwater, due to the ecology, indirectly shows the changing landscapes of our own lives. The works were made using wire, steel and concrete before being anchored to the seabed.

On first look they seem like remains from an old civilisation, but a closer view leaves you astounded. Taylor apart from being a sculpture is also a diving instructor, so it made his job easier. The works were made using wire, steel and concrete and then they were anchored to the seabed. Taylor’s different work also shows the people of Grenada, its culture and history. One of his work is called ‘Vicissitudes,’ where Taylor has used 30 life-size moulds taken of children of diverse ethnic background. It is placed five meters below the surface and symbolises the cycle of life and unity.

What I really liked about his work was that these sculptures are not just dumped into the sea, but they change in their environment due to the water currant, countless micro-organisms, light etc. They slowly begin to erode, wear away and then plants grow on it and they become artificial reef and habitat for the marine life.
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This way the artist shows the need to protect the environment, you will need artificial reefs when the real corals are disappearing.
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Artificial reefs in Grenada
A very unusual sculpture is ‘The Lost Correspondent’, its not artistic in the literal sense, but is a profound connotation that shows a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter and newspaper clippings which shows the rapid changes in communication between generations.
Lost correspondent sculpture by James Taylor
All these sculptures are actually part of the underwater sculpture park spread around Grenada’s Moliniere Bay, and they are placed in shallow waters so divers, snorkellers or those in glass-bottomed boats can easily view them. Objects appear 25% larger underwater, as a result they also appear closer.

Another classic work is a table with a vase and bowl of fruits. How is that art, you might question. Known as ‘The Un-Still Life,’ it kind of defies the conventional, constantly undergoing change so its still but at the same time transforming. It reminds us that changes are inevitable.
The Un-Still Life by James Taylor
Different angles show different and varied perpectives, these were amazing sculptures by Jason Taylor. You can see more of Taylor’s underwater sculptures on his site.

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