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 Underwater Sculpture Park for Lanzarote

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British sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor is working on a vast new project in the Canary Island

Taylor who has created underwater sculpture parks around the world has moved to Lanzarote and is at the final stages of his latest project which includes a series of works looking at the refugee crisis facing Europe.

The 41-year-old British-born artist is also a qualified dive instructor is famous for creating works that celebrate the marine world and highlight issues around conservation.

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His Museo Atlantico will be open to divers next month and will be completed later this year. It involves a number of installations which are being put in place by a team of divers. Most will be at 14m.

He said: 'The work is not intended as a tribute or memorial to the many lives lost but as a stark reminder of the collective responsibility of our now global community.'

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Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a diving instructor and underwater naturalist. 

In 2006, he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Situated off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies it is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic and was instrumental in the creation of a National Marine Protected Area by the local government. Following on in 2009 he co-founded MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a monumental museum with a collection of more than 500 of his sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico; described by Forbes as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations. 

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Working alongside marine biologists, Taylor uses resilient, stable and environmentally responsive materials. He integrates a coral promoting neutral pH cement and propagates damaged coral fragments found in the ocean into preset keys in his figures. The structures also incorporate habitat spaces for marine life that will promote an increase in biomass of local ecosystems.

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