Jason deCaires Taylor is certified diving instructor, avid naturalist, and sculptor who creates underwater museums. The 39 year old artist spent his youth in Europe and Asia, exploring coral reefs scuba-diving in Malaysia. Taylor combines his interests and past to create the inspiring stone and sand scenes—sculptures that happen to aid in promoting future ecological sustainment.
In 2006, Taylor created the world’s first underwater sculpture park off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park houses contemporary sculptures that are literally living art. Since the installation has been open to the public, Taylor’s sculptures have served as a surface on which coral—previously damaged by hurricanes—and other sea life may grow.
Along with a handful of others, Jason deCaires Taylor leads the underwater art movement and has contributed a wealth of ideas to the Museo Subacuático de Arte, or MUSA. Known as the world’s most extensive underwater museum, MUSA may be found in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. Its collection consists of more than 450 life-size permanent sculptures. MUSA exists to demonstrate the symbiotic interaction between art and the environment; in particular, the sciences that allow for reef structure formation upon which aquatic life may colonize. Each sculpture in the exhibit is made from specialized materials that promote the reef’s growth.