Jason deCaires Taylor Interested in Creating Underwater Sculptures in Barbados

Jason deCaires Taylor, creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, wants to do some work in Barbados’ waters. He is presently in Barbados attending the 11th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development and he has told reporters that “it would be nice to do something here.” He also stressed that such a project would help diversify the tourist attractions on the island.

In May, 2006 Taylor gained international recognition for creating the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, featuring several life-size concrete figures. Since then, he has been involved in the creation of an underwater sculptural museum in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. The project will eventually consist of more than 400 permanent life-size sculptures, becoming one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial attractions in the world. The sculptures include “The Archive of Lost Dreams”, “Man of Fire” and “The Gardener of Hope.” [See previous post Swim by art at Cancún’s underwater museum].

Jason deCaires Taylor was born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, spending the earlier part of his life growing up in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Educated in England, he graduated in 1998 from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, with a B.A. in Sculpture and Ceramics. He is also a fully qualified diving instructor, underwater naturalist, and award winning underwater photographer, with over 14 years of diving experience.

His underwater sculptures, designed to create artificial reefs for marine life to colonize and inhabit, embrace the transformations wrought by ecological processes. The works engage with a vision of the possibilities of a sustainable future, portraying human intervention as positive and affirmative. His work embodies the hope and optimism of a regenerative, transformative nature.

For full article, see http://www.nationnews.com/news/entertainment/underwater-tourism-copy-for-web

For more on the artist, see http://www.underwatersculpture.com/pages/artist/bio.htm

Shown here, Taylor’s “Vicissitudes” (Grenada) from http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-worlds-strangest-monuments/12

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