It’s not often that I come across something creepy that totally astounds me, mind body and soul! When routing around crappy youtube videos today I stumbled across this totally awful homemade comilation of the Top 20 places to visit in the world, I don’t know what made me watch it but I’m so glad I did. In clicking this horrifically boring, highly inaccurate (it named the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland “The Stone Pillars” tut tut) and frankly god awful slideshow with the ever depressing Evanescence -Bring me to Life in the background, where was I? yes… In clicking this video I came across what is possibly the best piece of sculptural art I have ever come across in my life.
Jason deCaires Taylor
He is British Yo!!
Truly in my opinion,
the best modern day sculptor.
Now you may ask, L.J what the hell do you know about sculpture and I will be frank with you my friends, diddly squat!
I know not how you take a lump of coal and fashion it into a beautiful diamond, I know not how to use a whizzing spinnign very sharp blade to delicately carve intricate features, I do however know how to shape a milkshake carton out of blu-tac (thank you duration of my psycholody AS exam!).
I may not be an expert in the art of sculpture but I, as an admirer of art I feel I can tell when someone is displaying true talent and Jason certainly does that!
The majority of his works are mainly in Cancun, staged as the underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) a project founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor, located in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, now, here comes the clever bit.
The sculptures are as much entertainment for the scuba divers who flock to the mexican shores as they are a viable environment to sustain and improve the coral reef that resides in the waters.
Jason’s sculptures provide a beautifully clever alternative to the possibility of losing the reefs and act as an artificial reef, encouraging plants, coral and sealife into the otherwise vacant area.
All of Jason’s works really tell a story and get to the heart of us as a modern species, from a couch potato enjoying a snack, to an exact replica of a Vaulkswagen Beetle, all of Jason’s pieces in some way open a doorway to our world that in years to come will be studied and analysed to figure out who we were!
The piece that I find the most awe-inspiring and let’s face it most impressive, is the piece named The Silent Evolution.
403 life sized, TO SCALE, figures.
Occupying 402 square meters of the sea bed, cast from real life humans.
The spookiest, creepiest yet strangely calming piece of art I have ever come across, it’s effect on me was phenomenol, I honestly could never imagine swimming up to life sized people underwater, like forgotten people.
Their atmosphere is so quiet, their demeanour so epically strange it honestly took my breath away.
Can you imagine getting lost underwater and coming across this?
Or being in the year 3012 and discovering these figures cloaked in precious coral and protected by creatures of the deep?
…it’s oddly unsettling.
He also has some works here in the UK, in Canterbury none-the-less (totally going to have to take Poison Ivy!!)
His swimming figures again are haunting to me, almost like ghosts, I really cannot work out why his sculptures really freak me out but in such a satisfying way.
I have included lots of pictures of which ALL RIGHTS GO TO JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR.
They are all from his website and I have used them simply because he has the best ones!!
Please check out his website HERE it’s full of information on, the man, the myth, the ARTISTE…
that is Jason deCaires Taylor and I’ve also added a little video so you can see the work that goes into just one of these sculptures.
Jason really is repping it for the Brits, and just goes to show that with a bit of inginuity we can all do our bit to help this planet out!