Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Underwater sculpture park in Grenada


This sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor was conceived to honourAfrican slaves who were thrown overboard from the slave ship 'Zong.'

More of his fascinating, beautiful work can be seen in the following clip. Over time these sculptures in the clear, shallow waters of Grenada will develop into artificial coral reefs.

14 comments:

  1. Sadly this clip is blocked in Canada...I have seen some shots of this though and it is truly remarkable.

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  2. This is quite impressive!

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  3. This is art for a purpsoe. I love it.

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  4. All those 'drowned' figures make me want to gasp for air, on their behalf...

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  5. I agree with Jinksy, the figures make me want to breathe deeply, swim upward.
    They're fabulous, and what better fate for statues than to become part of a coral reef, sustaining underwater life for a long, long time.
    K

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  6. That is haunting, poignant and deeply moving. The music that accompanies the video is perfect (and I couldn't help but wonder what the sea critters think of having a bicyclist amongst them!) I'd never heard of this talented artist or his evocative underwater art before and am so glad you shared this. How very difficult it must be to take something as ugly, painful and cruel as slavery and murder and memorialize it in such a touchingly beautiful and life-affirming way. I love that the sculptures will become coral reefs over time, and think Kay expressed my feelings on that better than I could!

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  7. Wow, what a powerful memorial! The work is so detailed, and it's fascinating to think that these sculptures will one day be part of a coral reef.

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  8. I've never heard of this before. Thankyou. What a moving memorial for the countless thousands who were discarded without care.
    Sue

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  9. Like Delores, I cannot open the link- but the photo alone is stunning and powerful.

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  10. Hi Janice .. this is such a wonderful idea .. as Janie says - a powerful memorial.

    Thanks for showing us - as I've learnt something ... that I'm pleased to have read about and know ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  11. Incredible, powerful, takes your breathe away. Thank you for sharing this Janice.

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  12. This is truly an uncomfortable, upsetting, sad sculpture, but it gets its message out very powerfully. So sad.

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  13. A beautiful, moving and terribly sad memorial to the victims of that appalling atrocity.

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