Underwater Art Museums – Making a difference in conservation

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor places his work underneath the ocean’s surface in locations all over the world.  The exhibits are beautiful and provide a place for ocean life to thrive, but the advantages of his work expand beyond the tiny organisms growing on them.

Taylor’s sculpture park “Ocean Atlas” in the Bahamas drew attention to a nearby leak at an oil refinery.  The pressure from the international news media influenced the government to allocate 10 million dollars towards cleanup.  His park in Granada provided a reason for the government to create a designated area where marine life is protected.  Entrance fees to the park fund park rangers who manage fishing quotas and tourism.

The underwater sculpture parks are called museums to help people view the ocean as sacred.  When we hold something sacred, we cherish and protect it.  A museum is a place of preservation, conservation and education.  It becomes a designated point of interest where people can learn about the ocean and participate in its survival.

The work of Jason deCaires Taylor is the perfect combination of art and science that is playing a pivotal role in positive changes to the environment.

Posted by Amy DeCaussin.

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