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Gallery under the sea

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When you're scuba diving, you might occasionally float into some Roman ruins or even the odd sunken treasure ship, but it's not often you'll come across a gallery. However, dive into the waters off Moliniere Bay in Grenada and you'll find the world's only underwater sculpture park.

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In total there are 65 sculptures scattered over 800sq metres of sand, all of which were created by English-Guyanese artist Jason de Caires Taylor in 2006. Over time, the statues become artificial reefs, attracting marine life and changing with the tidal ebbs and flows. In creating the park, Jason's goal was to draw attention to the destruction of natural underwater reefs, and help raise awareness for their preservation.

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'I encountered change from an early age as my family moved from one cultural environment to another,' says the artist. 'This was the beginning of my fascination with how objects and relationships change as landscapes and contexts alter.' The sculpture park is accessible by scuba divers and snorkelers, as well as being visible through a glass-bottomed boat.

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Jason has plans for further sculptures and is looking for volunteers to be cast. If you're interested and can get to London, you can reach Jason at info@underwatersculpture.com.

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Images: copyright Jason Taylor

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