Urban Reef : houses that exist in the underwater world

September 24, 2012 Comments Off on Urban Reef : houses that exist in the underwater world



These houses are located exactly on the seabed, a few meters off the coast of the splendid Cancun (Mexico). What seems too optimistic is that actually those houses are a part of an ambitious project for the conservation and attraction of natural reefs in the area, shaping a part of the MUSA (Museum of underwater art).
The plans were first placed in the summer of 2011, and we bring today your attention to a collection called Urban Reef. Those homes are designed with the advice of local marine biologists who wanted them to serve as a refuge for some of marine fauna, and well protected from other animals such as lions fish and barracudas.
Although these sculptures tend to resemble many of the houses that we are used to see in our modern cities, their holes have been altered so they can be used by a variety of small fish, crabs and lobsters. The roofs have a texture that facilitates the occurrence of corals.
These sculptures are designed by the artist Jason de Caires Taylor, who graduated as a sculptor at the Institute of Arts in London. However, he is also a diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over 17 years of experience, Taylor has also been recognized as an underwater photographer, famous for his images that capture the metamorphosis in his sculpture,s located in the ocean. In 2006 he founded the first sculpture park under the water, on the coast of Grenada. Taylor’s art is unlike any other, it is made to find its place in the ocean.

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