The Silent Evolution that aims to save nature

Do you think these are relics from an ancient civilisation, lost beneath the waves thousands of years ago?

The Silent Evolution - Under Water sculpturesBut these are  around 400 of the permanent sculptures which have been installed in recent months in the National Marine Park of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc (Mexico).  They have been placed 25m (82ft) down on the seabed.  This art work is popularly known as “The Silent Evolution”.

The works were made using wire, steel and concrete before being anchored to the seabed.

Created by Mexico-based British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the Caribbean installation is intended to eventually cover more than 4,520 square feet (420 square meters), which would make it “one of the largest and most ambitious underwater attractions in the world,” according to a museum statement.

Artist Jason Taylor combined his talent for sculpting with his passion for diving to create the plaster and wire framed works with galvanised steel shells, on the Caribbean seabed off Grenada.

Taylor thinks that since Tourists are much attracted by his work and while they visit this “The Silent Evolution” they get the experience of under water diving, which would make them skip the visit to under water Natual reefs.  Ultimately, the natural reefs would not be polluted by the visit of tourists.

The natural reefs, in the caribbean Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico, the eco-balance of which are already much affected by marine pollution, warming waters, and overfishing, are visited every year by approximately 750,000 tourists mainly for under water diving experience.

Taylor says “So part of this project is to actually discharge those people away from the natural reefs and bring them to an area of artificial reefs.”

Watch this slide Show for more photos taken at the Silent Evolution

Watch this video about Silent Evolution

Source: The Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s website