We know art can be done on paper, tiles, boards, stone…we see art in parks, in historic monuments, at a museum; but who would have ever thought that art can also be done underwater?
Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
The Molinere Underwater Sculpture park, located in Grenada in West Indies is the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park.
Here you have different sculptures sitting on the ocean floor. Artificial reefs have been transformed into beautiful looking sculptures which contain various messages. The park contains 79 sculptures and many more are being added by new artists.
Underwater Sculpture Park by Jason Decaires Taylor
Jason deCaires Taylor, an international sculpture artist was the first person to get his artistic, life size sculptures underwater. Taylor’s works are made of marine-grade material which is environment friendly. Over time, his sculptures erode and are taken over by the course of nature of marine life. These sculptures act as artificial reefs and provide an artificial but environment friendly habitat for organisms.
The park is open to scuba divers who go underwater to explore a new kind of marine life. Every sculpture has a message to it.
Over the years the Earth has lost over 40% of its natural coral reef. The sculptures are placed in shallow sea bed and in barren areas which helps in coral growth. This also attracts tourists away from the natural coral reefs, allowing them to remain in peace.
Facts about some Sculptures :
- Vicissitudes is a collection of 26 life-size figures of children, joining hands, standing in a circle. They stand for unity to save the marine environment.
- The fall from Grace is a life-size sculpture of a man on a bicycle and provides delight to divers.
- Just like we create a painting of still life, there is a sculpture of the Unstill Life which is a table setting with a vase and a bowl of fruits.
- The unique feature of every sculpture is that each one shows changes due to passage of time. As the figurines come in close contact with the underwater environment, with time, they erode and become more complex. Just as we as children then grow up to become adults and then age, the sculptures also age with time.
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