(All images by Jason deCaires Taylor, reproduced with permission)
Having spent his early years exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia, acclaimed artist Jason deCaires Taylor combined his BA in Sculpture with 17 years diving experience to create MUSA (Museo Subaquatico de Arte), described by Forbes as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations.
Consisting of 450 sculptures submerged off Cancun, Mexico, the underwater museum aims to facilitate “positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats while at the same time relieving pressure on natural resources.”
By transforming inert objects into living, breathing coral reefs, Taylor works to portray human intervention as positive and life-encouraging. His sculptures are examples of successful marine conservation that encourage environmental awareness through an appreciation of the underwater world’s breathtaking beauty.
Born in 1974, Jason deCaires Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia and graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture. In 2006 he founded the world’s first underwater sculpture park off Grenada, listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic.
Keep reading – explore the amazing Miniature Underwater City off the Côte d’Azure, and check out the Avro Vulcan Bomber mock-up submerged for the Bond film Thunderball.