I heard about these amazing works of art in Cancun/Isla Mujeres area the other day on PBS. It caught my attention because when I was 13 and in Isla Mujeres, I fell asleep on a deep sea fishing trip and woke up with these odd chemical burns on my arm. It was freaky, and I was petrified at their potential permanence as bright white scars on an already pale white arm in a very visible spot. For Heaven's sake I was about to be a cheerleader [biggest joke ever] for one and a half years (just enough time to fulfill a P.E. credit) and would be in a sleeveless uniform for much of the school year. Anyway, Mederma worked like a charm and all that's left is the memory and a mental flag on the place where it happened, but thankfully I paid attention to what followed on the radio program because therein actually lies the very cool story of these underwater sculptures. And just to add in there, I absolutely love PBS. On radio and TV. Don't you?
So, this artist Jason de Caires Taylor, creates these amazing public works in exploration of art and environment. Viewing them is limited to those who can scuba (and google) but is also a new experience in regard to an ever-changing perspective offered by viewing art in the water. There are changes in light. Your eyes actually perceive things differently-- magnifying objects, colors receding, depth of field. And the currents and pulls of the water change the way you have to move within the space. There are numerous other reasons that you should read about on the website, but the figures are also made with a material that actually offers a variety of corals a fun new residence option in the deep blue. So, the way they are put in the water, is not the way they will always stay. Eventually, they'll become artificial coral reefs.
There's something that feels at once magically peaceful and chillingly eerie about them, but I definitely think it would be a top notch experience if you happen to find yourself in any of the places where his works are.
And definitely visit his website, because the pictures are mesmerizing.
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"The experience of being underwater is vastly different from that of being on land. There are physical and optical considerations that must be taken into account. Objects appear twenty five percent larger underwater, and as a consequence they also appear closer. Colours alter as light is absorbed and reflected at different rates, with the depth of the water affecting this further. The light source in water is from the surface, this produces kaleidoscopic effects governed by water movement, currents and turbulence. Water is a malleable medium in which to travel enabling the viewer to become active in their engagement with the work. The large number of angles and perspectives from which the sculptures can be viewed increase dramatically the unique experience of encountering the works."
The Lost Correspondent
The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.
The Archive of Lost Dreams
The Archive of Lost Dreams depicts an underwater archive, maintained by a male registrar. The archive is a collection of hundreds of messages in bottles brought together by the natural forces of the ocean. The registrar is collating the individual bottles and categorising the contents according to the nature of each message - fear, hope, loss, or belonging.
Isn't it weird to think about intercepted messages in a bottle? What an idea of a character, like a mythological sea man creating a library of all these bottled thoughts. I think I'd watch a movie about him...and be excited and little bit scared throughout the duration of the film...