Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park

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Posted on Thu, Nov 06 2014 17:50:10

grenada underwater parkOne of the man-made wonders of the world, created in 2006 by Jason de Caires Taylor  - a photographer, sculptor and nature preservation enthusiast, is the Underwater Sculpture Park off the coast of Grenada in the Moliniere bay, slightly north of Saint George's port.

This wonderful museum at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea has breathtaking masterpieces, mysterious stone sculptures, at a distance of two to five meters from each other throughout an area of 800 square meters. The sculptures are living their casual life underwater – one is writing a letter, another one is resting laying down, another riding a bicycle or dancing in a circle .  These sculptures are installed in a shallow water, and you can see all of them if you dive 4 - 6 meters deep, or go on a boat with a transparent floor.

Jason Dee Kayers Taylor, born in 1974, has surpassed his contemporaries in sculpture and diving and found a very interesting way to preserve the fragile marine world by creating similar underwater parks in places where coral reefs get the most affected by tourism. Over time, these artificial reef parks get inhabited by marine life and filtering molluscs.

The Underwater Sculpture Park has about 70 sculptures, which look much bigger underwater, and change colors because of the sunlight refraction. In the mysterious atmosphere of the underwater world, the sculptures make you look at familiar things from a completely different perspective. The park sculptures were first created on land out of special cement, and then submerged under the water with the help of pneumatic lifts.

Many tourists' favorites are Christ of the Depths, erected in memory of the cruise liner Bianca, which sank 50 years ago off the coast of Grenada; a large sculptural group Alternation, which embodies the idea of unity and eternity; an underwater bench near Vicissitudes; Sienna - the girl from “A Different Ocean” of Jacob Ross (Jacob Ross) and many others.

Gallery: Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park

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