Jason deCaires Taylor
British, born 1974

Jason Decaires Taylor creates underwater sculptures and installations that help restore equilibrium to deteriorating marine ecosystems. After graduating with a degree in sculpture from the London Institute of Arts, Taylor went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. Taylor has created the first monumental underwater sculpture garden off the coast of the West Indies, as well as the Museo Subacuatico de Arte (Underwater Museum of Art) near Mexico. His sites are populated with statues cast from the forms of real people engaging in everyday activities, made from carefully selected materials that encourage marine habitation. The works are made in Taylor’s studio and then installed carefully underwater and anchored to the sea floor; he considers his work “donated to the sea.” Taylor has typically displayed photographs of the sites for exhibitions, but …

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