Sunday, 20 October 2013

Underwater Sculptures, Artificial Reefs

Coral reefs are the Rainforests of the sea. The average reef is a live ecosystem which provides a home to almost 25 percent of all marine species, while the reefs themselves occupy less than 0.1 percent of the ocean surface. 

These small yet vital life-sources are under grave threat from climate change, blast fishing, and other environmentally harmful practices. This is why groups of artists from Mexico to Indonesia are gathering together to help recreate the worlds coral reefs. The artists created statues mostly out of cement and sand, which, due their low pH levels, facilitate the natural growth of coral.

There are also other creative ways to build artificial reefs, and dumping old metal subway cars into the ocean is one of them. Yes, you heard that right. Check this Link to see how N.Y is beautifying our waters by, not only thinking outside of the
box’, but also by using the box’.

Enjoy this stunning collection of artificial reefs.

"Banker" by deCaires Taylor and part of the Musea Subacuatico
de Arte (MUSA) in the waters of Cancun

Christ of the Abyss in the Florida Keys

One of 400 life-size sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires
Taylor for the "The Silent Evolution" exhibit in The Marine National
Park of Cancun

Vicissitudes in 2011 in the Moilinere Bay Sculpture Park, Grenada

Sculpture of a woman covered in coral by Roberto Diaz Abraham
in the MUSA Cancun underwater park
Christ of the Abyss completely covered

The Vicissitudes in the Moilinere Bay Sculpture Park, Grenada following
installation in 2007. The statue is a ring of 26 children which are molded in
order to represent different ethnic backgrounds once again by underwater
artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

A nine-foot tall bronze statue of "Amphitrite" by Simon Morris in the
Cayman Islands. Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon, lord of the seas
and queen of the ocean in Greek mythology.

A statue of a man curled up on a Volkswagen Beetle by deCaires Taylor.
This structure is home to thousands of crustaceans and lobsters, and
serves as a refuge and breeding grounds for fish.
Part of "The Silent Evolution" exhibit by deCaires Taylor at MUSA
Underwater Buddha statue in Bali
The gates to the Neptune Society Memorial Reef in Key Biscayne, Florida
is an underwater memorial site that was inspired by the Lost City of Atlantis
and serves as a cemetery for those who want to be buried under the sea.

A sunken Moai at Easter Island in the South Pacific. This statue was
originally constructed for a 1994 Hollywood film, but once it sunk to
the sea bottom it became a home for thousands of creatures.

A life-sized sculpture of a woman silently screaming by deCaires Taylor
Another statue from the Cancun exhibit nearly completely covered with
growing coral

"Interia" by deCaires Taylor in MUSA
"The Lost Correspondent" by Jason deCaires Taylor in the waters
of Grenada

Nature taking its course and creating stunning coral reefs from the
"Lion" is one of many statues which are part of the Neptune Society
Memorial Reef in Key Biscayne, Florida 

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  1. Great photos, It´s great to see how the art and the reef meld with each other. Cancún underwater museum is in my opinion one of the obligatory places to visit on this resort.

    1. It's equally great that the art is helping Mother Nature recover.

  2. Mexico is amazing for diving! I also really enjoyed diving in cenotes around Tulum. You should try it too!

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