Underwater Sculpture Park - breathtaking beauty and vision
Some of the most beautiful places on earth are under water. The noise of the world is muted, and you tune into the subtler sounds of the sea. It is a magical, mystical place that I feel very privileged to explore.
One of the most impressive things I have ever seen is an enhancement to the beauty of the underwater world. It is an underwater sculpture gallery, in
WE: What started you in scuba diving and exploring
the underwater world?
JT: I spent a large portion of youth living close to the sea in
WE: What led you to a career in art?
JT: I come from family with strong artistic roots and
have always been encouraged to follow the career of
my choice. Art and in particular sculpture has always
been a life long passion of mine.
WE: How did you start to create underwater sculpture?
JT: I chose to start producing works underwater for many reasons,
firstly I wanted to create artwork which had sp
goals, I became disillusioned with co
nstructing works to decorate
gallery walls and homes. I wanted to also show how man's
interventions could create a positive impact on our planet and
symbolize a sustainable future.
A marine environment is also full of unique challenges and unpredictable responses which I find extremely interesting and exciting.
Here is a part of one sculpture, and shown again 6 months later...
WE: What has been the reaction of people, when they
see your work?
JT: I have been extremely overwhelmed by the response
from visitors, many people liken it to an archaeological
experience, some people find it spooky and bizarre
while others describe a euphoric and highly personal
WE: Where are you looking for future projects? What
makes a site meaningful or useful to you?
JT: Most of the sites I look at, are mainly from a
practical angle. The sea can produce immense forces
which can damage the sculptures. Most of the work
goes into finding locations with shelter and suitable
substrate. Regions with a particular strong history
and identity also add to the impact of the work.
WE: What are your favorite parts of creating this sculpture a
nd placing it underwater?
JT: Most of the practical side is extremely labour intensive,
most people think working in tropical locations is like a holiday,
when in reality it is more of a co
nstruction project. My favourite
part is the documentation,
photographing and filming the work.
It is really exciting looking at the ecological changes and
atmospheres created by different weather patterns.
WE: Who do you use for your models?
JT: I am always looking for volunteers to cast or
model for the sculptures, I aim to find people from
ordinary walks of life, of various backgrounds and age.
People where there character and form help describe
where they are from. If any of your members live in or
will be in
, please look me up! London
WE: I love that the sculptures are growing barnacles and
hosting sea life - was that a vision for you, to create a
totally organic sea project?
JT: All my work is about change and forming sculptures that mirror the
evolutions of our lives. I always wanted to encourage the development
of Marine life and subsequently many of the designs and materials have
this mind. My next body of work is actually taking this one step further
and I hope to be able to take cuttings from damaged corals and implant
them onto a structure, using the growth to create the shape and form.
WE: What medium do you create the sculptures from? I see that
after time, each sculpture changes with the sea growth!
JT: Mainly building cement which has been modified to promote
coral growth. Also stainless steel and fibre glass resin.
WE: Tell us a little bit about
WE: Where do you suggest that visitors stay?
JT: When staying in
WE: I see from your website that you have new projects in
NOTE: 6.09 - Here's an update on Jason's new Underwater Sculptures.
To learn more about Jason’s extraordinary work, please see his website:http://underwatersculpture.com/
All photos and information contained herein provided by Jason deCaires Taylor, http://underwatersculpture.com