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Jason deCaires Taylor | Silent Evolution, MUSA - Mexico

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Visit our website: Artist: Jason deCaires Taylor (England, born 1974) Sculptures. Music: © Adrian Von Ziegler - "Kings of Yore". © Adam Hurst - "Reflection". © David Arkenstone - "Below the Ocean", "The Spirit of Atlantis". Photographs: © Copyright images property exclusive Jason deCaires Taylor. © Copyright images property exclusive Intrepidacious. © Copyright images property exclusive Kozyndan. © Copyright images property exclusive Jorge Tavares. © Copyright images property exclusive Manfredwinslow. DISCLAIMER: No copyright infringement intended. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. This video is for educational purposes only. © Video property of ArtCentervideo. All rights reserved. Artist: Jason deCaires Taylor Name of work: "Silent Evolution" Descriptions: Marble, 400 figurative pieces Location: Isla Mujeres - Mexico Year: 2010 Project: MUSA Museo Subacuático de Arte - Mexico MUSA Museo Subacuático de Arte In 2009 a monumental underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was formed in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. The project founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor consists of over 450 permanent life-size sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world. The Museum aiming to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science forms a complex reef structure for marine life to colonise, inhabit and increase biomass on a grand scale. Each of the sculptures is made from specialized materials used to promote coral life, with the total installations occupying an area of over 420sq metres of barren seabed and weighing over 200 tons. The Cancun Marine Park is one of the most visited stretches of water in the world with over 750,000 visitors each year, placing immense pressure on its resources. The location of the sculptures promotes the recovery of the natural reefs at it relieves pressure on them by drawing visitors away. The Museum is divided into two galleries called Salon Manchones and Salon Nizuc. The first is eight meters deep and suitable for both divers and snorkelers and the second four meters deep and only permitted for snorkeling. Jason deCaires Taylor was born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over 17 years diving experience under his belt, Taylor is also an award winning underwater photographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his evolving sculptures. In 2006, Taylor founded and created the world's first underwater sculpture park. Situated off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies it is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. His latest creation is MUSA (Museo Subaquatico de Arte), a monumental museum with a collection of over 450 public sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico; described by Forbes as one of the world's most unique travel destinations. Both these ambitious, permanent public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats while at the same relieving pressure on natural resources. Taylor's art is like no other, a paradox of creation, constructed to be assimilated by the ocean and transformed from inert objects into living breathing coral reefs, portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging. Numerous publications and documentaries have featured his extra...