Off the coast of the tiny island of Lanzarote, sculptor and diver Jason deCaires Taylor is preparing installations for what will become his third and most audacious homegrown museum, the Museo Atlántico. Composed entirely of the artist’s own work, the Museo Atlántico is a glimpse at humanity in its various stages, captured as they shuffle across this mortal coil. Haunting and thought-provoking in their own right, Taylor’s work has an extra added layer of novelty that elevates his work to brave, new heights.
While his craftsmanship is top notch, Taylor’s goal with museums like these — the Museo Atlántico will be his third installation — is actually two-fold. In addition to spreading an appreciation for experimental and audacious art, Taylor uses his museum pieces to spread a message of conservation.
You see, every piece in the museum has been made from nontoxic concrete. Eventually, every sculpture will act as an artificial reef designed to help boost the ecological stability of the entire region. As a result, what was once a completely barren region on the bottom of the ocean has become a thriving natural environment filled with new wildlife.
Taylor’s newest museum won’t be completely finished until December, when more than 300 installations will come together to form a unique snapshot of the human condition.