With increasing damage being done to the world's coral reefs much attention is being focused on how to promote regeneration. Sometimes the ecosystem simply can't wait for nature to take its course, and so artificial reefs or an Underwater Museum is build.
Artificial reefs can be created from sunken ships, cargo containers, vehicles, as well as made from concrete and sand. By far, the most unique implementation has come from the hands of English sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, who has built entire underwater museums of sculptures in the crystalline waters off the shores of Cancun, Mexico, and Grenada, West Indies.
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The Artificial Reef of Cancun
Casting his sculptures from real people, Taylor uses inert materials such as marine grade cement, sand, micro silica, and ceramic pieces to construct his life-like statues upon which new ecosystems will be created.
The underwater museum include's human adults and children, classic cars, and everyday sights, such as an office desk or a couch potato watching TV.
When asked why he chooses humans for the subject of his underwater museum, the SCUBA dive instructor, underwater photographer/sculptor, and conservationist states simply, “I am trying to portray how human intervention or interaction with nature can be positive and sustainable, an icon of how we can live in a symbiotic relationship with nature.
Finally, I believe we have to address some of the crucial problems occurring in our oceans at this moment in time, and by using human forms I can connect with a wider audience."
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Rutger Thole is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.