Jason deCaires Taylor – The Human Gyre
The last exhibit in Museo Atlantico is the Human Gyre, over 200 life-size figurative works creating a vast circular formation of gyre. Consisting of various models of all ages and from all walks of life, the positioning of the figures constructs a complex reef formation for marine species to inhabit and is a poignant statement for visitors to take with them at the end of the tour. The piece embodies our naked vulnerability to its inherent power, and our fragility in the face of its cycles and immense force. A visit to Museo Atlantico may lead us to a closer understanding of our relationship with the natural marine environment and appreciate the need to value and protect this fragile ecosystem in order to save ourselves.