How cool is this? An underwater sculpture garden by artist Jason Taylor. When I was posting this, someone questioned why would an artist create an installation hardly anyone could see. And at first I agreed: yeah, why so subversive (or submersive)? But what about the work of Andy Goldsworthy? His natural creations are generally not accessible by anyone and many times only survive for a short period of time. His work lives on in his photographs. Just like this underwater sculpture garden, which has a life here on the ‘net through photographs. And for that matter, just about any event or exhibition we can’t visit in person, but only view online or in one of the art magazines, has a life beyond the original installation site. This one just happens to be a little difficult to access. But so are all the shows in, say, Paris or London or Marrakesh for me personally here in little ‘ol Rhode Island.
But back to the underwater sculpture garden:
The Underwater Sculpture Gallery in Grenada, West Indies is a project started in May 2006 by sculptor Jason Taylor, with the support of the Grenadian Ministry of Tourism and Culture. This is a unique artistic enterprise, celebrating Caribbean culture and highlighting environmental processes, such as coral reef re-generation. The Underwater Sculpture Park also explores the ever-changing relationships of Art and the environment, whilst providing a unique and fascinating marine park for scuba diving and snorkelling.
The work is etherial and calming, and does remind me a little of the aforementioned Andy Goldsworthy. Like an archeological site on another planet, or maybe the lost Atlantis.