Underwater sculpture garden idea
In the year 2004, Jason d. Taylor, a sculpture artist from the UK, gave an Idea about the Underwater Sculpture Museum.
Before 2004, Jason was a part time sculpture artist, but later in 2004, he felt a new direction and aim of his life. In Ted Talk Jason deCaires Taylor talk about his aim of life with these words, “I realized I didn’t want to do that the rest of my life,” said Taylor. “So I approached the government and my dive center, and talked to marine biologists about this idea of doing an underwater sculpture garden.”
Underwater sculpture garden idea objective by Jason deCaires Taylor
Taylor aim is to increase awareness of the local people and tourist to protect coral reefs that help in the growth of aquatic life. It will also help in making new coral reefs under the water; and with the project, new coral reef will help give life to the aquatic animals such as algae and other small sea life. As the time will pass aquatic algae and floral life will start to grow surrounded the sculpture pieces placed on the seabed. Moreover, with time, their shape will change and structures will turn completely into actual coral reefs of the ocean.
MUSA – Museo Subacuático de Arte
Jaime Gonzalez Canto, marine park director at the Cancun Underwater Museum, feared about the depletion of the coral reef of Manchones reef, the largest coral reef on the shores of Cancun, Mexico. Machones being the largest is the one that snorkelers and divers visit the most on their tour to Cancun, Mexico. In order to protect the coral reef from depletion Jaime Gonzalez Canto contacted Jason deCaires Taylor to work on an artificial coral reef or underwater museum project. The main reason was to create a new museum of coral reef and directing the attention of tourists from the Manchones reef to the new museum created under the waters of the ocean.
Three galleries were created, and MUSA has obtained a permit to install 1200 sculptures in different areas of the underwater museum. So far, 477 pieces have been installed at the site of Manchones reef, and 23 structures at the site of the Punta Nizuc resort. In order to place the statues underwater, Jason d. Taylor instructed on creating a special lift that would move the statues, deep to the seabed
Awards and Appreciations
The idea was appreciated by National Geographic, listed at the top place of “Wonders of the World – Earth’s most Awesome Place”, a magazine published in 2011 by National Geographic. In the year 2010, His work at MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was voted by Forbes Corporation as one of the unique places to visit in the World. In a special edition of National Geographic Magazine published in 2011, The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park was described as one of the “Wonders of the World – Earth’s Most Awesome Places”