Thursday, January 1, 2009

About Art - The Lost Correspondant

Jason Taylor has created a stunning underwater sculpture park just off the Caribbean island of Grenada. The sculptures are 2-8 meters underwater, which makes them ideally suited for scuba divers and people who enjoy snorkeling. Each piece is a permanent ocean floor fixture, which means they will act as an artificial reef for corals, algae, and sponges. In turn, this makes the area an ideal home and breeding area for fish, turtles, and other sea creatures. Which in turn makes it an even more desirable scuba diving destination. A brilliant idea all the way around, thanks to the foresight of the Grenadian Ministry of Tourism and Culture and their support this enterprise.

The Lost Correspondent, one of a half dozen sculptures, depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter at a depth of 7 meters. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution. The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.

Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment. Find out more about the artist and his work at:

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