Scientists and environmentalists are not the only ones attempting to save the world’s rapidly disappearing underwater ecosystems. Renowned artist and dedicated conservationist, Jason deCaires Taylor, has been hard at work creating the world’s first series of underwater sculpture gardens. Taylor’s gardens not only serve as popular diving destinations, but are also home to hundreds of sea creatures struggling with climate change.
About the Garden
Taylor has created underwater sculpture gardens around the world in countries such as Mexico, Grenada, and the Bahamas. The gardens range in size from over six hundred sculptures to a few individual pieces. The depth of a particular garden also varies depending on its location.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Taylor’s gardens is the fact that they are environmentally friendly and often serve as artificial reefs. For instance, in one garden off the coast of Mexico, Taylor designed a concrete replica of a Volkswagen Beetle to house a variety of sea creatures. According to information on Taylor’s website, “One of the greatest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have lifted the pressure off natural reefs… By diverting attention to artificial reefs, natural reefs have now been given a greater chance to repair and to regenerate”.
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