Silent Evolution 2

Jason deCaires Taylor (British, b. 1974)
Digital C-print
Work : 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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British artist and environmental activist Jason deCaires Taylor is best known for creating underwater sculptures that over time transform into coral reefs and other habitats for aquatic plants and animals. Taylor’s hauntingly poetic sculptures often combine a subtle sense of humor with a gravely serious message. They remind us that humans and oceans exist in a delicate symbiotic relationship, which is currently threatened by pollution, acidification, and rising temperatures. If we are not careful, ocean ecosystems could collapse and rising water levels could devastate coastal areas and islands around the globe. This photograph depicts an underwater sculpture from Taylor’s Silent Evolution series, which consists of more than 400 concrete images that are installed in the ocean off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. All of the sculptures are based on images of real people who were living in fishing communities along the Mexican coast at the time Taylor was working on the project between 2008 and 2011.

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