Jason de Caires Taylor the founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subaquatico de Arte (MUSA) is operating on another level compared to most artists, such is the sheer scale of his enterprising & sculptural work. He creates realistic sculptures of individuals and then places them on the sea floor just off the coasts of Grenada, Mexico and the West Indies.
Over time, these sculptures morph, degrade and evolve as different type of marine life interact with them, whether it’s a clump of seaweed that become twisted between limbs or coral and barnacles that adore it’s face, each sculpture is (quite literally) a living piece of art. Taylor’s most substantial body of work though, is located under the crystal blue waters of Mexico in Cancun where 400 life-sized characters stand motionless.
He uses environmentally safe materials to create his work, in fact it even promotes an increase in coral growth – which is just another wonderful aspect to his work.