No two visits to the underwater museum will be the same
As the coral grows and fish and crustaceans inhabit the artworks, the clean cement sculptures transform into a mature coral reef and functioning ecosystem. The original forms become obscured and a frequent visitor is the witness of the passage of time, as these gradual changes take place.
Depth, spawning, ocean cycles and the changing formations of the sea surface affect the filtered light that scatters down to the ocean floor. As consequence, they alter the visual spectrum of colour and affect the visibility of the waters while bringing forth new life to seed the underwater sculptures.
The various forms of ocean life complete the sculptures, covering their bodies with different pinks, oranges, greens and greys that shift with the changing filtered light. These changing colours and tones and the gentle play of light are qualities that all the works of deCaires Taylor share, giving them a sense of calm and peace, and an ambience of mystery.
It’s the marine life that transforms the statues from concrete into textured, living organisms.