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November 05, 2010

A Coral Reef of Human Proportion

Silentevolution Scientists predict that by 2050, 80% of our coral reefs will be lost. There are some small things we can do to help save them, but Jason deCaires Taylor has found a monumental solution: art.

The sculptor's latest underwater installation, "The Silent Evolution," is an artificial reef comprised of 400 life-sized figures. Its aim? To alleviate pressure on the natural reefs of Cancun's National Marine Park by drawing visitors away from them. 

The sculptures, made from eco-friendly materials, will promote the recovery of reefs visited by more than 750,000 people yearly and offer marine life a new place to colonize and inhabit. DeCaires Taylor placed live coral cuttings taken from damaged reefs on the figures to promote growth, which in turn, will support an entire marine ecosystem.

You can see his ambitious project, part of the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, by diving, snorkeling, or taking a glass-bottom boat. And the human subject matter illustrates how we can live symbiotically with nature.

The artist hopes that "The Silent Evolution," along with promoting the regeneration of marine life, will highlight the important role that art can play in promoting environmental awareness: "You can use sculpture as a way to convey hope," he said, "inspiring people to consider their interactions with the natural world and build a sustainable future."

--Molly Oleson/photo courtesy Jason deCaires Taylor

 

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