Jason deCaires Taylor MRSS (b.1974) is an award winning sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. For the past 16 years, Taylor has been creating underwater museums and sculpture parks beneath the waves, submerging over 1,100 living artworks throughout the world’s oceans and seas. Themes explored by these artistic installations include, among others, the climate emergency, environmental activism, and the regenerative attributes of nature. The sculptures create a habitat for marine life whilst illustrating humanity’s fragility and its relationship with the marine world. Taylor’s subjects mainly feature members of the local community, focussing on their connections with their own coastal environments.
“Museums are places of conservation, education, and about protecting something sacred. We need to assign those same values to our oceans.”
Jason deCaires Taylor
Taylor’s work is a collaboration with nature. By using low carbon, pH neutral materials designed to be colonised, the surrounding environment transforms the artworks. Each sculpture is effectively an artificial reef that provides new habitat spaces for a variety of marine life whilst drawing tourists away from natural, fragile areas. The works, which are assimilated by the sea, send a message of regeneration and hope at a time of significant threats to our marine world.
Most of the sculptures are permanently sited underwater to form marine habitats. These pieces are impossible to collect because once they are colonised, they become part of the environment. However, Taylor is expanding on his physical sculpture series and is releasing a new collection of limited edition NFTs, which demonstrates the organic transformation of the artworks. These virtual slices of our underwater world are due to be dropped on a green platform soon. Contact the Studio for more information.
Explore the various projects that are located throughout the world including in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. The galleries show the transition the underwater sculpture go through from being static inert forms to dynamic living reefs.