Jason deCaires Taylor is an artist, photographer add naturalist who has created a series of underwater living installations to raise awareness and to create an artificial reef for marine life to colonise and inhabit, saving the reefs with art.
“Ocean Atlas” is a Bahamian girl on the western coat of New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas. Sitting 5 metres above the ocean floor and weighing over 60 tons this gigantic statue made from a neutral pH concrete is the largest underwater sculpture in the world. This sculpture is a modern take on the Greek myth of Atlas – who was doomed to carry the celestial heavens on his back for eternity, and she in turn is the bearing the weight of ocean ceiling.
Apart from allowing the true artists, the coral reefs to express themselves, Jason’s hope is that these artificial reefs will divert tourists from natural reefs giving these time to rejuvenate.