Submerged: A Conversation with Jason deCaires Taylor
by Robert Preece
Disillusioned with the rat race, sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor chose to
dive into an altogether different pursuit. His poetic underwater installations
comment on environmental issues, climate change, and rising sea
levels while providing new habitat for sea life and foundations for underwater
growth. To support his efforts, deCaires Taylor follows a business
model more akin to tourism development than gallery sales. Spreading
the word about these underwater sculptures plays an important role in
their remit, and photos of his projects have appeared across a wide
range of international media outlets.
In recent years, deCaires Taylor has installed underwater figural sculptures
along the coasts of Grenada, the Bahamas, Cancún, Mexico, and
in Coloradas Bay, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. In 2015, he produced
a different kind of work on the banks of the River Thames, in view of the
Houses of Parliament. The Rising Tide (2015) was intended as a political
statement, referencing the four horsemen of the apocalypse...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.
The Rubicon, 2016. Detail of installation in Coloradas
Bay, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.