Building The World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture


I do try doing land-based projects and although that I find a very interesting nothing has the same appeal as the underwater world how the works change is so profound and so dramatic and so meaningful that and I think I can do anything else on land at compare all right people let’s go dive in this is a largest piece I’ve ever done 60 tonnes 18 feet high when we put the base plate down and we started to get the first piece in position I just thought God how on earth are we going to do this and have I made enormous error almost a year and a half ago I was living in Cancun and a bohemian artist Willacy Tynes actually emailed me and he had this idea to create a sculpture park for the charitable organization brief the reason why this project is happening is because when I was in school I won my very first art competition with Bahamas reef environmental foundation we had vowed to use what I do as an artist their conservation work and no effect change it some sort of way but I ran across Jason’s work I’m like hey this is fantastic why don’t we have one of these in the Bahamas a sculpture park I trained as a sculptor in London quite a few years back I used to make these large-scale installations and put them in different areas in public Town Center’s in forests in clips and I was really really interested in how these figurative works changed according to their space and according to the influences around them but I kind of always felt that there was something missing through my diving experience realized a little bit about artificial reefs and how they were if I explored the underwater realm with my art and if I actually gave my art practical function and something where it was actually beneficial for the planet besides its artistic value I thought that sounded really interesting the most inspiring moment seeing how the corrals and how the sponges actually applied the paint the finish the patina as a sculptor they did all the hardest work I just provided the base elements and they did the actual finishing the Caribbean that’s set to lose 80% of its coral reefs within the next 20 years places like Bahamas which the coral reef is one of the best assets I think it’s vital that the community rallies around and tries to protect them this piece this Atlas is all about the young generation supporting our oceans and stopping them from collapsing so it’s this young Bahamian girls supporting the surface of the sea this is absolutely fantastic if we could bring somebody with Jason’s caliber to do this and also to have Bahamian artists involved the piece that I designed is called virtuoso man the piece is to pay homage to the role that Atlas is playing also to recognize the older generation that’s passing on this legacy it was a concept that I’ve never done before and it was using technology that was completely new to me we were actually using a digital process to scale up the sculpture and to turn it into slices that we could all cast separately and then actually assemble them underwater actually transferring this digital concept into this tangible thing it was quite a step surprisingly enough there was four of us that actually built that 60 tonne sculpture which you know when we were doing it we were doing it layer by layer in ink I mean I can’t even describe how difficult it was Jason that was really worried because you know he was like people are expecting a lot of me at the same time I think he was quietly confident that he could do something on such a large scale I think it’s being nice one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever done the hardest part I’m always worried about is the deployment where there’s waves where the hit is changing light changing conditions it’s so difficult welcome to Judgment Day this is the culmination of my years planning and kind of four weeks and into work a bit most stressful and most worrying about the whole operation is we’ve got to get these layers over that that pole I looked at the crane driver and he’s got to line up this tiny little hole over this column with this big concrete weight it’s definitely complicated but it’s also very very hazardous if any one of those divers got a limb anywhere near the slices it could have crushed them it was definitely very worrying you know you can’t communicate in the same way underwater no I’m on the surface and although I can see the sort of general outline of what’s happening to tell someone quickly it’s very very hard so we really needed a strict chain of command and we all needed to be sort of really really aware there’s a huge relief when the first piece locked into place I realized that it actually could be done you as we built it up the easier it got we started off in sort of 18 feet and slowly you know by the end of it was actually standing on the sculpture even though it was such a grueling task to get it done right now we’re saying it was worth it and hopefully those that come along to see these amazing pieces would be seeing the same thing every one that works so so hard on this I think it pushed all of us to our limits of what we could take so yeah I think was a huge reward at the end I was just completely blown away I don’t normally get emotion about that sort of thing but it’s just so beautiful there’s just everything we had hoped it would be it was just that sort of wonderful meeting of what we try to achieve and breathe people are gonna see it and they’re gonna be blown away they’re gonna be amazed they’re gonna be like wow this is what life is really about we build these wonderful building structures and then we also build art I always have to sort of remind myself that the piece is not ever finished it’s continuously changing and continuously evolving it would be interesting how it looks in 10 years 20 years time and seeing what changes occur a lot of the man-made things are interesting but the real sort of inherent beauty the most spectacular form and shape and texture is the actual corals themselves

45 comments

  • Andrew Yates

    Yay

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  • Malomir

    I wish to swim there.

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  • Malomir

    What is the name of the song?

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  • Michael Pesavento

    Bravo Sir!, A wonderful realisation of a wonderful idea executed beautifully. 
    Congratulations on the herculean effort it took to create and install this piece.
    So much more than just a sculpture,a constantly evolving living legacy to the vision and passion of yourself the people of the Bahamas and of the Breef organisation. Thank you is not enough to express how deeply I feel about what you have accomplished here,but it is all that I have so, Thank You!!!

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  • Dongerino

    In the Plan, the Statue touches the watersurface, but in the real thing it does not, it doesnt look the way its supposed to look, which is really bad

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  • Creators

    Watch Jason deCaires Taylor install his 18-foot-high, 60-ton Atlas sculpture designed to take ecological pressure off Bahamian coral reefs.

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  • RedGojira

    I'm stoned. this is a beautiful video 🙂

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  • Nic Bold

    Remarkable.

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  • MeliVolio

    Wow. The Creators Project is one of the things I valued the most of Intel. Thanks for making it possible.

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  • Susan Davis Cushing

    Building the World's Largest Underwater Sculpture
    from the Creator's Project

    Artist Jason deCaires Taylor builds breathtaking underwater sculptures that double as artificial coral reefs. Watch as his newest work, "Ocean Atlas," a massive, 60-ton sculpture that reaches from the sea floor to the surface, gets deployed and installed off the coast of the Bahamas.

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  • Sarah Chung

    Hope this artist can make this in South Korea aswell. For tributing victims of sewol ship. 🙂

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  • MultiKarola24

    beautiful project

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  • shery ifa

    woow

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  • KillerOfDolts

    This is just awesomeness!!

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  • Sarah Corrigan

    Beautiful im so impressed by this, original art taken to new levels

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  • WTFhappenedWITHyou

    "The Bankers" piece is brilliant 😀

    Very original and beautiful project.

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  • WorshipTehSun

    Years from now… "How'd these get here?! ALIENS?!?!?!' lol jp :p .. These are awesome tho! Great idea

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  • 17 SHOTS

    it's like the spongebob statues for jellyfish almost

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  • ii345.TREALiON.345ii

    They should make two hands coming out the grounds as if they are holding a ball/orb. it would look cool.

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  • Joseph Webb

    #landbased

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  • Merry Nezrin

    I need to learn how to swim before i can go there. 🙁

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  • vin rap

    What a waist of time and money why not use that time and money to help needy people or homeless children? why is it the the stupid people in the world decide what to do with its resources 
    a good next project for you is toilets for fish to hep keep the ocean clean

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  • soaljack

    Amazing. Will have to go diving there some day.

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  • Krzys Jarzab

    It's amazing!

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  • Ευριπίδης Λιτσάκης

    Well, that's pretty awesome, i have a question though, why not manufacturing the whole statue at once,instead of breaking it into pieces. I mean construct it as a whole and then install it in the sea. where is the problem?

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  • L.

    ughhhhhh i just wanna go there and swim next to it, it's absolutely beautiful

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  • Harry Kephart

    Yes.

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  • 911FANGS

    What's the piano song playing in the very beginning?

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  • Jamie Gutierrez

    would love to be apart of designing them sculptures !

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  • Selena Ocarina

    Imagine you're just swimming and your foot touches something and you look down and see that

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  • Occisilo

    Awesome! Would love to dive that! 😀

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  • BENTLEY GT

    wow wow WOW. Out of this World.
    just Awesome..

    how could 19 IDIOTS give this video a thumb down ?!!!

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  • Ольга Мугель

    в природе так мало мест, где есть чистота. Но эти люди решили засорить остатки чистоты.Человек не может ничего делать правильно. Всё что он делает, оборачивается во вред обществу и природе. зачем ради славы и признания загрязнять дно водоёмов?

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  • TheOldManEric

    Just tried an sculpture underwater myself. Nwhere near the scope of this but fun none the less. Its so easy to do if you can dive and have a little artistic skill. Wish more divers would try it. Check the video out on my channel.

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  • Kirsty Taylor

    wow

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  • Simon Nguyen

    That's beutiful and rare

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  • Mary

    These are so beautiful

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  • Never2old-SD

    I saw this sculpture last year when I went scuba diving in the Bahamas, at the Nari Nari reef. It looks awesome when you are actually there. ( the one holding the ocean )

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  • pele Bar

    can we visit the location in the bahamas where is it. its incredible idea .. bravo to you all great job don. wow wow wow

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  • jinisha simonds

    Who is the girl behind the sculpture
    I saw a picture of her but what is her name

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  • Bassel Salah

    is cement good for the sea??

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  • NAGHMAN RAHMAN

    Isi'nt it polluting water bodies???….as sculptures are fixed with anti- water phobic cements?

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  • Fishing and Freediving in Ireland

    this is amazing! cant wait to go there 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Khalil Ahmed

    Imagine jumping in the sea and hit your dam head

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  • Trust no one

    This is ugly to me, they look haunted, just ugly, a place frequented by a ghost. The concept is good, could have done some mermaids, some Behamiain mermaids. Or a palace, the corals would look like its garden. Mermaid playing the drums, beautiful pilers but a bunch of people standing around, haunting.

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