Sculptor creates amazing underwater sculptures


The migrant crisis has been immortalised through these underwater sculptures off the coast of Lanzarote. British artist Jason deCaires Taylor made
casts using refugees and a neglected dinghy to make these eerily lifelike figures. The piece, called The Raft of Lampedusa, comments
on the migrant crisis affecting the world today and makes particular reference to the
2013 shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa that killed 366 migrants and provoked the
EU to expand its rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The thought-provoking art work is part of
a larger project called Museo Atlantico which features 60 figures on the Lanzarote seabed
and will involve 300 pieces being installed by January 2017. The sculpture is made using marine cement
and weighs approximately ten tonnes which made levering it down to the seabed quite
a tricky task. According to its creator, the sculpture’s
meant to represent the fight for survival and these figures at the bottom of the sea
prove to be a stark reminder of the issues the world is currently facing.

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