Perhaps it wouldn’t be very fair if the sea contained only natural wonders. And why not? The sea is also part of the earth; plus there’s more water than land on earth anyway. The acclaimed British artist Jason deCaires Taylor reminds us of that more than anyone else.
Jason deCaires Taylor is the award-winning sculptor who drops various breathtaking sculptures underwater and establishes sculpture parks with different themes in the sea. The spectacular underwater parks which usually get taken over by nature to form coral reefs, are a converging point for the skills and interests of the artist, who also happens to be a marine conservationist, underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor.
Down in the sea, near the Spanish island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa, lies one of his spectacular works, an underwater museum called Museo Atlantico.
Lying underwater at a depth of 14 metres on the ocean floor, the museum features Crossing the Rubicon, an installation of 35 people walking towards a gateway in a long wall. The underwater installation is “intended to be a monument to absurdity, a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction.”
Also among the underwater sculptures lying on the ocean floor near the island of Lanzarote, is The raft of Lampedusa, a raft of people from different backgrounds depicting the mass migration crisis. Some of the sculpted people on the raft were actually cast from real migrants who had arrived on the shores of Europe.
According to the artist, The Raft of Lampedusa is a tribute to both those refugees who succeeded in getting to land and those whose dreams remain at the bottom of the sea.
Jason’s other underwater museums include Museo Subacuático de Arte in Mexico and the Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park in the Caribbean Sea.