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The Underwater Museum: The Submerged Sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor
A one-of-a-kind blend of art, nature, and conservation, The Underwater Museum re-creates an awe-inspiring dive into the dazzling under-ocean sculpture parks of artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor casts his life-size statues from a special kind of cement that facilitates reef growth, and sinks them to the ocean floor. There, over time, the artworks attract corals, algae, a ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Chronicle Books
(first published January 28th 2014)
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The concept of beautifully photographed documentation of statues placed under ocean water was so intriguing that I read this in a single sitting. Initial, introductory essays relate how the author turned from scuba to sculpture before uniting these passions. Generally with an anti-establishment, anti-apathy theme, many of the figurative works are shown in various stations of transition from installation to reef transformation.
AWESOME! This book is more than beautiful pictures of underwater art work (although there are plenty of those!). Jasone deCaires Taylor is working to create artificial reefs, protect at risk reef habitats by providing tourists alternate dive/viewing locations and raise awareness of reef conservation issues; all through art! Cause art has never been so beautiful or compelling!
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