Featuring: Jason deCaires Taylor and Steve Collins Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. His permanent, site-specific sculptural works span the world’s oceans and seas and explore modern themes of conservation and environmental activism. Over the past 15 years, Taylor has been one of the first to consider the underwater realm as a public art space and has created numerous large-scale underwater “Museums” and “Sculpture Parks”. READ MORE HERE
Jason deCaires Taylor: sculpting homes for marine life
Jason deCaires Taylor is a globally-known sculptor and environmentalist who first gained international attention in 2006 with the creation of the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic, the park was instrumental in the government declaring the site, which was situated in the West Indies, as a National Marine Protected Area. Jason's sculptures are submerged into the ocean where they act as artificial reefs and become habitats for marine life, helping underwater creatures and plants to thrive. By design, his works have a rough texture that encourages coral larvae to attach and thrive, while nooks and dark cubbyholes provide homes for fish and crustaceans. Some of Jason’s major projects include a collection of over three hundred submerged sculptures and architectural forms in Lanzarote, Spain. An underwater museum situated of the coast of Cannes in France and Ocean Atlas - a monumental 60-ton single sculpture in the Bahamas. Jason’s work has been featured in pretty much every major publication across the globe and has received numerous awards along the way. He’s also a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors, a featured TED speaker and in 2014 was awarded The Global Thinker by Foreign Policy. If you’d like to see some of Jason’s work, here are a few links to some of his projects: https://www.underwatersculpture.com/projects/molinere-underwater-sculpture-park/ https://www.underwatersculpture.com/projects/musa-mexico/ https://www.underwatersculpture.com/projects/museo-atlantico-lanzarote/ And you can also check out some of his work on his Instagram. and if you’re interested in learning more about Green Canvas, you can find us on our website. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Politics, Environmentalism and Underwater Sculpture with Jason deCaires Taylor
Today, Lucy Branch talks to Jason deCaires Taylor, who is a sculptor, environmentalist, and professional underwater photographer. He has permanent site-specific work spanning several continents and predominantly explores submerged and tidal-marine environments. He's the only sculptor in the series who does not work in bronze, but I can't hold that against him because his work is utterly fascinating. He has a deep understanding of the crisis that humanity is facing with the damage that they're doing to the environment. The fact he enables expression of this through his underwater sculpture is well worth listening to. Join us and BE INSPIRED BY SCULPTURE. You can find images of Jason deCaires Taylor's work and a transcription of the interview at the Sculpture Vulture Blog - SCULPTURE VULTURE If you are looking for a new book, the novel mentioned in this interview is currently available free from Sculpture Vulture. This podcast was brought to you by Antique Bronze, Specialists in the Conservation and Restoration of Sculptural and Architectural Features Snippet from the interview: Lucy: Have you always been creative? Jason: No, not necessarily. No, I actually started my art career much, much later on in life. I studied sculpture at university, but then, after that, I sort of did a whole range of different professions, none of which were particularly creative. But it was only later on in life that I managed to, you know, make it a full-time profession. Lucy: What sent you off to art school then? Jason: Oh, yeah, certainly. I mean I come from a family that...you know, there's many, many painters and sculptors and, generally we've always been involved, in some way, in the creative arts. But yeah, I think it was a really, sort of, natural choice for me to go to university. You know, when you're at that age and you're, sort of, weighing up all the different options of what to do in life, I kind of just went with what I enjoyed the most and what I loved doing, and it was certainly art. Lucy: So, a family, being artistic, who were quite happy for you to do that. That's not always the case. Jason: No, I was very lucky. You know, I had parents that really encouraged me to, sort of, follow my own vocation. Yeah, some people are not as fortunate but, for me, it kind of really worked out. Lucy: What did you do after you left university? Jason: Many different things. It was quite, sort of, an interesting path. I mean I studied sculpture and ceramics at Camberwell College of Arts. And after that, I actually had that dreaded feeling, like, "Oh my god, you know, how am I going to make a living out of this?" I actually found it quite... you know, the equation of taking on jobs maybe that I didn't like too much but they paid the bills. I always wanted the creative part to be free and not constrained in any way, which, I suppose, everybody does. But, practically speaking, it's not always possible. So, I really turned against that and I thought, "I'm just going to try some other different types of jobs and see what I enjoy doing."
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor on His Underwater Sculptures and Environmental Art
My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor about his incredible work and the impact his pieces have on their local environment. Trained at the London Institute of Art, deCaires Taylor uses his sculptures to rebuilt natural habitats and mitigate damage caused by tourism to at-risk underwater areas. His large body of work spans from additions to the Great Barrier Reef to entire underwater museums carefully considered to benefit the local ecology. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Jason deCaires Taylor’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Dramatic New Underwater Statues by Jason deCaires Taylor Jason deCaires Taylor’s New Coral Winged Sculpture Lifelike Human Sculptures Are Submerged in Underwater Museum at the Great Barrier Reef [Interview] World’s First Inter Tidal Art Gallery Opens in the Maldives
British artist Jason deCaires Taylor is a sub-aquatic artist with a growing list of extraordinary works. His seabed creations, often featuring realistic human figures based on local people, become living works of art as they get colonised by sea life. His most recent piece, a submerged art and sculpture installation off the Queensland coast, is designed to help regenerate the Great Barrier Reef and to continuously monitor its health.
An underwater art museum, teeming with life | Jason deCaires Taylor
TED Talks Art
For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse -- it's an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration.
조각가인 제이슨 디케리스 테일러에게 바다는 뮤즈 그 이상입니다. 전시 공간이자 박물관입니다. 테일러는 인간의 형상과 육지에서의 일상적인 모습을 조각하여 바다 밑으로 침몰시킵니다. 바다의 일부가 된 조각상은 생명력 없는 돌에서 산호와 갑각류, 그리고 다른 생물들의 활력 넘치는 서식지로 변합니다. 결과는 우리의 짧은 생에 대한 수수께끼 같으면서도 잊혀지지 않는, 다채로운 회고를 남기면서 바다의 신성함과 재생의 놀라운 힘을 보여줍니다.
Un musée d'art sous-marin, grouillant de vie | Jason deCaires Taylor
Pour le sculpteur Jason deCaires Taylor, l'océan est plus qu'une inspiration -- c'est un lieu d'exposition et un musée. Taylor crée des sculptures de forme humaine représentant des scènes de la vie quotidienne sur terre et les plongent dans l'océan, où elles sont englouties et transformées en une habitation vivante pour coraux, crustacés et autres créatures. Le résultat : des commentaires énigmatiques, envoûtants et des plus colorés sur nos existences éphémères, le sacré de l'océan et sa stupéfiante puissance de régénération.
Um museu de arte subaquático, repleto de vida | Jason deCaires Taylor
Para o escultor Jason deCaires Taylor, o oceano é mais do que uma musa - é um espaço para exposições e um museu. Taylor cria em terra esculturas de formas humanas e vida mundana e as mergulha no fundo do oceano, onde elas são abrigadas pelo mar e se transformam de pedra sem vida em habitats vibrantes para os corais, crustáceos e outras criaturas. O resultado: comentários enigmáticos, assombrosos e coloridos sobre a nossa existência passageira, a sacralidade do oceano e seu poder de regeneração de tirar o fôlego.
Ein Unterwassermuseum, das vor Leben strotzt | Jason deCaires Taylor
Der Ozean ist für den Bildhauer Jason deCaires Taylor mehr als nur eine Muse – er ist ein Ausstellungsort und Museum. Taylor kreiert Skulpturen von Menschen und alltäglichen Gegenständen an Land und versenkt sie dann auf den Meeresgrund. Dort werden sie vom Meer aufgenommen und verwandeln sich von leblosem Gestein zu einem pulsierenden Lebensraum für Korallen, Krustentiere und andere Lebewesen. Das Ergebnis: ein mysteriöser, eindringlicher und farbenfroher Kommentar zu unserer flüchtigen Existenz, der Heiligkeit der Ozeane und ihrer atemberaubenden Regenerationskraft.