Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater sculptures literally come to life. In Grenada, West Indies, 26 life-sized figures await divers to view them in their underwater playground. The Vicissitudes were cast from children with diverse ethnic backgrounds. These underwater kids stand united in a circle, holding hands.
Over time, these artificial reefs attract coral growth which helps support a marine ecosystem. 40% of the coral reefs worldwide are already destroyed, increasing each day.
114 feet below the surface, the Vicissitudes seem to change, depending upon light and weather conditions, while their cerment finish and chemical composition actively encourage the establishment of coral and marine life.
The figures are in theh shape of children not by mere chance, but because children are highly adaptable and naturally progress, shaped by their environment and social interaction. Children are hope of he future, and may create a sustainable and well managed environment for their future generations.
Taylor's works include more than 65 underwater sculptures that are spread around the world in various areas. A new project near Cancun will have more than 400 new sculptures.