Jason deCaires Taylor- Ocean Siren
This 5m Ocean Siren changes colour according to water temperature on the reef. The first installation, due to be unveiled in December 2019, will be a coastal based, solar powered sculpture of a young indigenous girl issuing a warning about rising sea temperatures. Using live data from the Great Barrier Reef, the outer layer of the sculpture will change colour in response to changes in water temperature creating a visual representation of live conditions underwater.
Jason deCaires Taylor
The internationally acclaimed British eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor creates extraordinary underwater living installations that offer viewers a transitory glimpse of another world where art is uniquely developed from the effects of nature on the efforts of man. Jason is now based in Spain, however he grew up in England where he graduated from the London Institute of Arts with an honours BA in sculpture, he also became a qualified diving instructor and an underwater naturalist. In addition Jason is an award winning underwater photographer who is well known for his dramatic images that uniquely capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his sculptures.
Environmental effects ensure Jason’s sculptures change over time which create a living aspect of his work and impossible to reproduce artificially. His sculptures are essentially a synthesis of art and science, made with carefully researched environmentally friendly materials with selected properties designed to last hundreds of years whilst actively promoting coral growth. Numerous documentaries and publications have featured Jason’s incredible work over the years including the BBC, CNN, Vogue and New Scientist. Through his pioneering public arts projects many people have become more environmentally aware helping to instigate social change and a greater appreciation for the beauty of the underwater world.
2019 will see the completion of Jason’s most ambitious project to date: MOUA, the Museum Of Underwater Art within the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Undoubtedly one of Jason’s most challenging projects the new museum will feature a series of galleries located throughout Townsville, Magnetic Island, Palm Island and the Great Barrier Reef region. The first galleries are due to open to the public in December 2019. For the first time Jason will be combining a range of inter-tidal and fully submerged artworks including pioneering large scale architectural installations and sculptural works that change in response to the environmental conditions.
More than 2 years in the planning MOUA is a not for profit collaborative project funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments with Australian corporate partners. The project brings together reef, tourism and science partners with the aim of encouraging environmental awareness, increase knowledge of marine ecosystems and help instigate social change whilst leading visitors to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
For more unique artwork by Jason deCaires Taylor visit – www.underwatersculpture.com