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- Jason deCaires Taylor – www.jasondecairestaylor.com
- Joanna Solins
(Communications Associate of The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) – www.coral.org)
Time Bomb depicts a collection of bombs and mines designed to support marine life whilst symbolizing the critical future of our reef systems and the countdown of time we have to reverse the increasing worldwide decline. The works also portray the irony of weapons of destruction being used to support and nurture life. The various strata and textures of the constructions are designed to provide habitat space and protected areas for crustaceans and marine species.
Holy Man situated 4metres below the surface is propagated with over 150 fragments of Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis). The coral colony was initially grown from a rescued fragment on “The Gardener of Hope” sculpture and then divided and transplanted onto the Holy Man, which is hoped will increase its coverage and overall biomass of the species.
Learn more on:
- Cancun Map
- What is biodiversity?
- What is Marine and Coastal Biodiversity?
- Why Marine and Coastal Biodiversity is Important?
- What is the Problem of Coastal Biodiversity?
- What is ecosystem service?
- What are the main causes of biodiversity loss?
- Discover 5 different ways the ocean affects your everyday life
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) said in the report (www.cbd.int/marine/) that ocean cover 70% of our planet and represent over 95% of the biosphere. Marine and coastal habitants include coral reefs, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, estuaries, hydrothermal vents, seamounts and soft sediments on the ocean floor deep below the surface.
Deep-seabed habitats host between 500,000 and 10 million species. Deep-sea life is essential to life on Earth because its crucial role in global biogeochemical cycles including nutrient regeneration and oxygen.
This tremendous wealth of biodiversity and ecosystem services is not infinite. Today, human activities are greatly threatening the seas and coasts through overfishing, destructive fishing practices, pollution and waste disposal, agricultural runoff, invasive alien species, and habitat destruction.
Recent scientific results hilighted that higher biodiversity can enhance the functioning and efficiency of deep-sea ecosystem. To create a habitat for marine life, marine biodiversity by creating the one of a kind master pieces of underwater sculptures, says it all to the preservation of ecosystem services and marine biodiversity done by an eco-artist, Jason deCaires Taylor.
Learn more from trusted international web sites we love:
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – www.cbd.int/marine
- International Coral Reef Initiative – www.icriforum.org
- United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) – www.unep.org
- International Maritime Organization – www.imo.org
- Biodiversity Conservation Network – www.bcnet.org
- Coastal wiki – www.encora.eu/coastalwiki
- Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) – www.coral.org
- The Nature Conservancy – www.nature.org
- The Stop Global Warming Virtual March – www.stopglobalwarming.org
Jason deCaires Taylor Biography
Jason deCaires Taylor is a man of many identities whose work resonates with the influences of his eclectic life. Growing up in Europe and Asia with his English father and Guyanese mother nurtured his passion for exploration and discovery. Much of his childhood was spent on the coral reefs of Malaysia where he developed a profound love of the sea and a fascination with the natural world. This would later lead him to spend several years working as a scuba diving instructor in various parts of the globe, developing a strong interest in conservation, underwater naturalism and photography. His bond with the sea remains a constant throughout Taylor’s life though other key influences are found far from the oceans. During his teenage years, work as a graffiti artist fired his interest in the relationship between art and the environment, fostering an ambition to produce art in public spaces and directing the focus of his formal art training. He graduated in 1998 from the London Institute of Arts, with a B.A. Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics. Later, experience in Canterbury Cathedral taught him traditional stone carving techniques whilst five years working in set design and concert installations exposed him to cranes, lifting, logistics and completing projects on a grand scale.
With this range of experiences he was equipping himself with the skills required to execute the ambitious underwater projects that have made his name. Carving cement instead of stone and supervising cranes while in full scuba gear to create artificial reefs submerged below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, the various strands of his diverse life resolve themselves convincingly in the development of his underwater sculptures. These ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.
Jason deCaires Taylor has gained significant interest and recognition for his unique work, with articles in over 1000 publications around the world, including National Geographic, Vogue, USA Today, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. His sculptures have aired on television features and documentaries with CNN, Discovery Channel, BBC, Metropolis Art Lounge and Thalassa. His international reputation was established in May 2006, when he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions. Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico.
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