Next time you're in Cancun, take a day off from the usual distractions to view something truly amazing: more than 400 life-sized figures, sculpted from concrete and rebar, congregated together on the sea bottom.
Created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, the sculptures, known collectively as The Silent Evolution, make up a new underwater art museum located in The National Marine Park of Cancun, Mexico. The Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) will use the sculptures to create artificial reefs for marine life to colonize and inhabit.
Since the National Marine Park of Cancun attracts over 750,000 visitors each year, the existing natural reefs are under huge pressure. By creating this sculptural artificial reef, tourists will be drawn to the new attraction, allowing the natural reefs to recover and regenerate. The sculpture reef is located in clear shallow waters to afford easy access by divers, snorkelers and those in glass-bottomed boats, who can book tours through Aqua World.
I had the chance to ask Jason a few questions last week about his work, including how he finds motivation for the overwhelming work he has in front of him with reef restoration. Jason offered, "It is very easy to become overwhelmed as coral reefs face so many different challenges. I try to focus each step at a time and am a real believer that change sometimes only requires the smallest of movement to gather momentum and snowball into something greater."