the underwater art-world of Jason de Caires Taylor

 Cancún, México


This past New Year, I had the good fortune to dive around the waters of Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc off Cancún in México in search of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

Truth be told, what I visited was the monumental underwater museum called MUSA, an ambitious underwater artificial reef with over 400 permanent life-size sculptures that promote coral life in a region stressed by marine pollution, warming waters and overfishing. In a way, it reminded me of the amazing Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China and the casts of the human figures from Pompeii, Italy but all eerily underwater.  Simply put, it is one of the most amazing and marvelous things I have seen in a long time. Not only for the amount of exquisite sculpture in one place, but for the inspirational colors and shapes of the living organisms residing ON the art!

 Cancún, México
The extraordinary work is by 37 year-old British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor who has created underwater sculptures in his hometown of Canterbury, England and also off the coast of Grenada.  Because the Marine Park in Mexico is relatively new (opened to the public in 2010) the coral has not yet reached its maturity, so below are some striking photos of the sculptures in Grenada … what Mexico’s could look like in a few more years.
Grenada, West Indies
image credit: © Jason de Caires Taylor
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