Jason de Caires Taylor, an artist of English-Guyanese origin based in Cancun, Mexico, graduated in Sculpture in London and is a qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. He has combined his qualifications and experience to create the world’s first underwater sculpture park, off the coast of Grenada, West Indies – listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. Since then and particularly from 2006 onwards, he has been involved in his most recent and equally awesome project, MUSA (Museo Subaquatico de Arte), submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. This is a startling collection of over 486 monumental sculptures with a two-pronged objective: on the one hand, they are meant to be a permanent underwater exhibition offering viewers an absolutely unique aspect of art. On the other, they aim to achieve a functional aspect, by drawing public awareness to the fragility of underwater habitats and deterring harmful action against it.
Further phases have been planned for this pioneering, environment-friendly project, which include the invitation of local and international artists to create their own sculptures to be installed in this museum.
This completely innovative art project is remarkable for its uniqueness and for the success achieved in terms of maritime conservation. Furthermore, Taylor’s deeply touching and inspirational art works aim to encourage a change in human behaviour towards appreciating the spectacular natural beauty of the underwater wonder world.