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IMAGES OF THE DAY: Underwater Statues Become Living Reefs
June 29, 2012
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To get to this gallery, you'll need some scuba gear: Jason deCaires Taylor anchors his sculptures on the ocean floor, where they get colonized by seaweed, algae and coral, turning them into living reefs.

According to the artist, his work is "constructed to be assimilated by the ocean", and there's a message in the art. Jason says he is "portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging". At a time when many marine experts are saying that our oceans are in trouble as a result of human actions, it's certainly a different take on our relationship with life under the sea.

The topic of coral reefs and the dangers facing them will be front and centre at the International Coral Reef Symposium, the world's leading coral reef science conference held once every four years. It's being held from July 9-12 in Queensland, Australia. This year's topics of conversation include the dangers of ocean acidification, the relationship between our seafood and the coral reefs they feed on, and approaches to conservation.

Some of Jason's sculptures are explicitly designed to offer shelter for other sea life, such as fish and lobsters, as in the diagram below.

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And this is what that sculpture looks like in place:

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Here are some other images of Jason's art. To see a lot more, and learn about the artist, visit his website right here.

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