Jason deCaires Taylor MRSS, born in 1974 to an English father and a Guyanese mother, is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. After graduating from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture, Taylor became the first of a new generation of artists to shift the concepts of the Land art movement into the realm of the marine environment.
His permanent site-specific sculptural works are predominately exhibited in submerged and tidal marine environments, exploring modern themes of conservation and environmental activism. Over the past 17 years, Taylor has been one of the first to consider the underwater realm as a public art space and is best known for his numerous large-scale underwater museums and sculpture parks.
Taylor gained international recognition in 2006 with the creation of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, situated off the West coast of Grenada in the West Indies. Moilinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. The park was instrumental in the government declaring the site a national Marine Protected Area. Taylor has gone on to produce over 1,200 public terrestrial and underwater sculptures worldwide, which are visited by thousands of visitors each week.
The works are constructed using pH neutral, environmentally sensitive materials to instigate natural growth. The subsequent natural changes are intended to explore the aesthetics of decay, rebirth and metamorphosis. Taylor’s pioneering public art projects are not only examples of successful marine conservation, but works of art that seek to encourage environmental awareness and lead us to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the underwater world.
Taylor has received numerous sculpture and photography awards, is a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors, an Ocean Ambassador to DAN (Divers Alert Network), an Ocean Exemplar of The World Ocean Observatory and a featured TED speaker. He has been recognised for both creativity and inspirational leadership in recent years by Fast Company and Global Leaders Today. Taylor was awarded The Global Thinker Award by Foreign Policy and was described as the Jacques Cousteau of the art world.
Major works include:
- 2023 Coral Carnival, Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada
- 2023 Ocean Sentinels (MOUA), John Brewer Reef, Australia
- 2021 Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN), Cyprus
- 2021 Cannes Underwater Eco-Museum, France
- 2019 The Coral Greenhouse (MOUA), John Brewer Reef, Australia
- 2019 Ocean Siren (MOUA), Townsville, Australia
- 2019 Brexit Lions, United Kingdom
- 2018 Nexus, Oslo, Norway
- 2018 Coralarium, Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives
- 2017 Nest, BASK Gili Meno, Indonesia
- 2016 Plasticide, with Greenpeace, United Kingdom
- 2016 Museo Atlántico, Lanzarote, Spain
- 2015 The Rising Tide, London, United Kingdom
- 2014 Ocean Atlas, Nassau, Bahamas
- 2011 The Musician, Musha Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
- 2009 Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), Mexico
- 2006 Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada
Grenada Listed in Top 25 Wonders of the World
Bertha Artivism Award Winner 2023
Eco-Museum 1 of The World’s 100 Greatest Places
MUSA Listed in The World’s Most Unique Travel Destination
Member of The Royal Society of Sculptors
Lih Pao International Sculpture Award
Order of the Nation
the Virginia A Groot Foundation Grant Recipient
100 Most Creative
People in Business
100 Global Leaders 2022
Global Thinker Award
Most Underwater Sculptures in the World
Recognition for creation of MUSA