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The art of saving reefs

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor is known for sculpting beautiful pieces of art and then lowering them into the ocean–all in the hopes that his creations will eventually serve as homes for marine life, helping to conserve precious coral reefs in the process.

Now, Taylor is working on a series of “suburban-styled houses” that will likely serve as literal homes for marine life, according to recently posted photos on his Facebook page.

Taylor began his life as an environmental artist in Grenada in 2006. There, he sank 65 sculptures, and $50,000 of his savings, into Moilinere Bay to draw attention to the plight of the world’s reefs. The work did draw attention and led to the development of his large underwater museum, the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, a federally financed project in Cancun, Mexico, that is ongoing. So far, 500 sculptures have been commissioned but thousands are planned.

Taylor hopes that his artificial reefs help raise environmental awareness as well as physically draw divers away from natural reefs as they flock to check out his sculptures.

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Last updated October 21, 2016 at 11:57 PM
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