Jason DeCaires Taylor has continued to defy the world of art and art installation with his incomparably unique exhibitions. Museo Atlantico, based in Lanzarote (Spain), officially inaugurated by president Pedro Sans Gins, exhibits over 300 works based over 12 installations and over 200 life size casted models.
Presenting Europe with its first underwater museum, the world’s most prolific underwater sculptures completed exhibition, creates what has come to be seen as one of the most remarkable examples of life imitating art, imitating life, with his transformations of objects into living reef sculptures, in one of the most immeasurable environments to produce art. Dividing the exhibition into five key exhibitions, Crossing The Rubicon, Deregulated, The Portal, Immortal Pyre and The Human Gyre.
Crossing The Rubicon
The interesting feature within the ‘Crossing The Rubicon’ exhibit, includes a 100 ton 30m wall, an emphasises on societal segregation, ownership and the ever increasing dogma that surrounds protectionism, idealism, the material, and property. The wall, a direct representative of what Jason deCaires Taylor terms as, ‘’a dysfunctional barrier in the middle of a vast fluid, three-dimensional space, which can be bypassed in any direction”, the notion of the importance of the ideals surrounding this segregation, becoming immaterial and absurd in the grand scheme of humanity against nature.
Highlighting the arrogance within the corporate world. The exhibit depicts a swing, sea-saw, a suited businessman and a dolphin ride. The installation re-establishes Jason deCaires Taylor’s advocation for the awareness of the marine and the need for its protection. The dolphin ride indicative of the marine species and its ultimate collapse if left without care.
The Portal installation is a reflection of the two worlds a portrayal of water within water. The concept conveys a hybrid animal-human that observes its image through its mirrored reflection, the mirror forming, as stated by the artist as “a looking glass into another world, a blue world”. The sculpture is elevated on a cactuses in hopes to attract octopuses, sea urchins and juvenile fish. Encouraging nature to engage with the sculptures, and over time, the most organic reinvention through nature of his work.
Immortal Pyre and The Human Gyre
The final two installations from the exhibition Focus more on life size figurative works its volume and mass adding to the beauty of this particular installation. Without emphasis on too much detail, it is an installation that has to be visited in order to appreciate its capacity to leave its visitors awe stricken, and humbled by its mass and intricate detail in the environment surrounding its artistry.
The Human Gyre
Jason DeCaires Taylor’s exhibition may lead its visitors one step closer to the understanding between humanity and its co-existence with the marine environment and the fragile eco-system. It also prompts its visitor to adopt reasoning for why we should take more responsibility over our actions environmentally and secure the protection of our oceans, all spoken through Jason DeCaires Taylor’s encapsulating expression of art.