Jason deCaires Taylor
Jason DeCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer, as well as an internationally renowned artist known for his underwater creations (www.underwatersculpture.com).
Born in England in 1974, he graduated at the London Institute of Arts in 1998, with an Honours BA in sculpture. He later became a diving instructor and underwater naturalist. Taylor’s dramatic images capturing the evolution of sculptures and the metamorphic effects of the ocean have won him underwater photography awards. He has been called the “Jaques Cousteau of the Art World” by the Foreign Policy magazine.
Jason’s permanent site-specific works appear in locations all over the world, reflecting the global concerns that affect underwater ecologies:
- 2006 | Grenada, Antilles | Viccisitudes – First sculpture underwater park in the world, considered one of the 25 Wonders of the World by the National Geographic.
- 2008 | Canterbury, Kent, England | Alluvia
- 2009 | Cancún & Isla Mujeres, Mexico | MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) – Described by Forbes as a unique tourist destination in the world.
- 2015 |London, UK | The Rising Tide
- 2014 | Nassau, Bahamas | The Ocean Atlas
- 2016 | Lanzarote, Spain | Museo Atlantico – First underwater museum in Europe.
Unique Art Recognised Worldwide
Taylor’s art is unique and a paradox of creation. His work is made to be absorbed by the ocean and later turned into living coral reefs, portraying human intervention as positive and encouraging. Jason’s creations facilitates a positive interaction between people and the fragile underwater habitat.
Numerous publications and documentaries have outlined his extraordinary work, including the BBC, CNN, USAToday, The Guardian, Vogue, New Scientist and the Discovery Channel. However, nothing can truly show the ephemeral nature of his art, as each visit is unique and subjective, subject to the floating dynamic of the ocean.
Taylor’s installations are thought provoking, active in bringing about positive change and infused with complex concepts and social commentary while working with and enhancing the marine environments they are placed in.
All of these careful considerations go into each of deCaires Taylor sculptural installations, yet there are further benefits to his artificially created sculptural reefs. While each work is produced in consultation with marine scientists to maximise their impact, the scientists themselves can study and monitor the development of a functioning ecosystem from its very beginning to becoming well established.