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Now this is utterly fascinating. The artist Jason de Caires Taylor has made several sculptures and instalments intended to be seen while diving.



I think this circle of statues is my favourite. There is something mysterious and almost fairytale like about it. The artists says he wants his art to highlight ecology, as well as the relationship between the modern world and the environment. For more pictures check out his web site here, where is also where I got the pictures from.

Date: 2008-07-11 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I abslutely love them! You always bring most interesting things! Thank you!

I have this big thing about water and under-water world and wanting to be a mermaid. :D

Date: 2008-07-11 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Thank you, so a nice thing to say. :)

And there is something special about under-water, with the light and how wavy hair becomes. It is really quite beautiful.

Date: 2008-07-11 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schionatulander.livejournal.com
Wow, thanks for sharing these!! These sculptures are amazing. The circle is indeed mysterious. But the man behind the secretary and the still life that are seen on his web-page are downright creepy. Even more so, as the little plants that grow on the surfaces let these sculptures look almost alive...
How did you come across the artist? I have agree with Alexandral, you always post such fascinating things!

Date: 2008-07-11 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
The secretary is indeed incredibly creepy. I think one of the aspects I like most about his art is that he inserts something man-made into an ocean landscape, which is usually enjoyed for its pristine nature. If the ocean bottom holds any man-made objects it is usually wrecks and debris, but these sculptures have been placed there quite deliberately. I feel this plays with our assumption of what the sea bottom usually looks like, and I think it's the play between the statues and the environment that gives them that mysterious edge. All IMHO of course. Quite fascinating.

Actually I found the artist through the cultural pages on a Swedish Newspaper, and the I jumped on the net and googled like mad. ;D

And thank you - I cannot say I dislike such kind words. :)

Date: 2008-07-11 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnemo-syne.livejournal.com
Amaaaaaaazing. I think I would rather go in not knowing they were there, so I could give myself a good jolt! Ha ha. What a magical idea, I love this.

Date: 2008-07-16 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
There is something magical about this - I agree. Though I must say I would have liked to know before diving down - being a bit of a wuss when it comes to those things. ;)

Date: 2008-07-13 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-spiffed.livejournal.com
I always find being underwater both terrifying and comforting at the same time; I want to open my mouth and just breathe it all in, but...well, that would not be particularly beneficial to my continued health. ;)

Really fascinating images that make my brain tick over. Thank you for posting! ♥

Date: 2008-07-16 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
I actually have a similar reaction to heights. I always get this urge to jump when I'm on high buildings, and for the life of me I cannot explain why. But there you go.

And these images make me think as well. I'm fascinated by the whole mix of human created objects in an environment we usually consider natural and pristine. Also the whole light-under-water effect is yummy.

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