Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Art to Build Coral Reefs

Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor
Nothing excites me more than environmental art. Art that is about the environment but also a positive part of the environment awes me. So, I'm thrilled by the discovery of a fantastic project by Jason deCaires Taylor to build an artistic artificial reef off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. He is using specially engineered, marine-grade cement designed to attract coral and building hundreds of hauntingly beautiful sculptures. Cancun's reefs are dying due to a number of human pressures like pollution, fishing, global warming, and tourism.
Silent Evolution: Jason deCaires Taylor
Jason deCaires Taylor

By providing an artificial reef, Taylor alleviates some of the stress. He provides new places for the fish and corals to live, and a fantastic artificial structure that attracts the tourists away from the natural reefs. The best part for me is seeing the way the fish and corals are already interacting with the art.

Take a few minutes to watch this fantastic Nat. Geo. video. You won't be disappointed. And don't forget to check out The Ravens Crossing for our ongoing tour. Today meet the authors. Tomorrow meet the characters. Next week the YA fantasy stories begin.

1 comment:

Andi said...

That is wild! Very cool and positive.