ocean-atlas-jason-decaires-taylor-nassau-bahamas-003_jason-decaires-taylor_sculptureJason deCaires Taylor, famous sculptor known for his underwater works that double as artificial reefs, introduces to us “Ocean Atlas”. Stemming from the Atlas narrative, the young Bahamian girl is depicted holding up the weight of the ocean on her shoulders just below the surface of the Atlantic. Commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), the massive sculpture is an ominous reflection of the burden we’re passing down to future generations, and is the largest resident in an underwater sculpture garden. The garden also features sculptures by local artists Willicey Tynes and Andret Jones, as well as an artificial reefball trail. In order to sustain marine life, and ensure they colonize and thrive within the garden, the pieces are constructed with sustainable pH-neutral materials. I really am quite taken by all of these artificial reefs. They combine stunning artwork with an incredible goal to preserve and encourage our reefs to flourish. I do hope to visit at least a few at some point in the future.
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