Monday, September 10, 2007

Underwater Sculpture Garden... Beautiful and Quiet.

The Underwater Sculpture Gallery Someplace off Grenada, a ring of steel and concrete women stand rooted in the ocean floor. Eyes closed, holding hands, facing outwards from the circle, these immobile figures have stood guard for about a year. If their sculptor has his way, they will stay there for as long as they endure the effects of sea water, algae, and other aquatic agents. Jason Taylor planted the submerged women—and other figures in their concrete family—as a project in coordination with the island's ministry of culture. This "artificial reef of sculptures" represents the people of Grenada and "highlights the environmental processes" forever at work in its waters. The generous supplementary site not only shows off the sculptures in their marine home, but walks viewers through the process of creating the pieces, shares two slideshows of what happens to the work over time, and finishes with a video that indicates how eerie—and amazing—it must be to dive among the deep sea bodies. (in Visual Arts) (From Yahoo Picks)