Sunday 24 September, 2017

WATCH: The Underwater Sculpture Park is an ethereal must-see

Photo courtesy: Jason deCaires Taylor

Photo courtesy: Jason deCaires Taylor

Snorkeling to the Underwater Sculpture Park should be on every traveller's bucket list.

Located in Molinere Bay in Grenada, the Underwater Sculpture Park is a breathtaking synthesis of art and ecological preservation spread across the ocean's floor. The underwater park comprises of over 65 concrete sculptures across over 800 square meters, many of which are in a range of human forms. One of the most prolific and easily identifiable statues is the ring of children holding hands.

Created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the park is the first of its kind. Taylor wanted to citizens to engage more with the underwater environment around them, and his works are derived from life casts of the local community. 

Constructed in 2006, the park not only serves as a top tourist attraction and a favourite for water enthusiasts but also serve as a conservation method for marine life. The sculptures were designed to promote coral growth using techniques to reduce the pH of the cement and by applying a textured surface.

Taylor wrote on his website that, "artificial reefs can attract a host of marine species including corals, sponges, hydroids and algae, increasing overall reef biomass and aggregating fish species, which in turn can support an entire marine ecosystem. The sculptures are individually designed using safe pH neutral materials with textured surfaces to create homes, breeding areas and protective spaces. These permanent structures are fixed to the seabed to avoid being displaced by storms and adverse weather conditions."

For all the fantastic benefits that the sculptures have, seeing them up close is quite the sight to behold. 

 

Video courtesy: Trini Jungle Juice