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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Hauntingly Beautiful Life Underwater

I have talked a lot about how travel is not always what it seems, meaning it isn’t always about packing up a bag and taking off for some exotic location.  Sometimes travel is much more than that, it’s a life’s culmination of experiences that transform you or your outlook on the future hopefully causing you to question the status quo and create change in your world.  I suppose that’s the “BIG PICTURE” view of travel for me.  The trips are just a small part of my life’s travel that help lead me to the Big Picture.

If you’ve been reading any of my blog for a bit you know I have a special place in my heart and my travels for museums and all types of art, today’s post is about a beautiful museum that a lot people may never get to see.

Jason De Caires Taylor is probably a name you are not familiar with, but you should get to know this artist, or at the very least his work.  I’ve never met the man, but would welcome the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his art, his passion for the environment and how he works to blend the two together.  It appears to me that this artist has a pretty good view of the Big Picture.  Growing up in Malaysia he develop a love for the sea and coral reefs.  Over the course of his young life he has developed a strong interest in photography, conservation and underwater naturalism.

After graduating from the London Institute of Arts with a B.A. In sculpture and ceramics he spent a number of years learning traditional stone carving techniques.  Pulling all this education together along with his interest in conserving the world’s coral reefs has brought the Artist to where he is today.  Jason has started an ambitious and exciting project that blend his artistic skills with his passion to conserve.  The artist has been creating hauntingly beautiful sculptures underwater around the world.  All in the hopes of creating artificial reefs.

His first underwater world was created in 2006 off the coast of Grenada, West Indies.  Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuatico de Arte in Cancun, Mexico.

Taylor’s works are created out of environmentally sensitive concrete and carved into realistic examples of people and everyday objects.  Taylor’s largest installation so far started in 2009 in the waters around Cancun.  The installation consists of more than 400  permanent life size sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.  Only 10-15% of the ocean sea bed is conducive to forming coral reefs, by using materials that are sensitive to the oceans and promote coral development, Taylor is able to create new inhabitable coral reefs, conserving, improving and creating new habitats for sea life.

I can look at these pictures all day long, I find them to be absolutely beautiful, haunting and exquisite, they give off a sense of loneliness, as if the world has stopped in the flash of an eye.   The juxtaposition of seeing statues that look human and alive underwater sort of stops me in my tracks.  I hope you find it as fascinating as I do.

Happy Travels

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2 Comments on “Hauntingly Beautiful Life Underwater”

  1. Lynne Ayers May 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    This is astonishing. That someone would create so much and put it where so few will ever see it so that he can assist the fragile state of our ecology. This would be hauntingly beautiful to see. Are they so deep one needs scuba gear? or just snorkle equipment?

    • scott30483 May 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Lynne,
      thanks for stopping by my little Blog. Those sculptures are truly magnificent. They are not so deep that you need scuba gear, you can in fact snorkel and still take in their beauty.

      Scott

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