Jason Taylor's underwater sculpture project on Sjøholmen aims to create new artificial reefs using large underwater sculpture parks - and recreate biodiversity. Two sculptures can be seen on the bathing jetty while the rest are experienced only on the large posters in the park or by free diving in the sea.
The sculptures are meant to give life back to the sea.
- I want to make us aware of what we are about to destroy, while the sculptures actually have a great physical impact on the marine environment where they are placed, says the English artist Jason Taylor who in the course of ten years has received press coverage around the world with his unique eco art project.
In the autumn of 2017, twelve sculptures were sunk into the Oslo Fjord, to see how these will work through the winter and cope with the ice. The sculptures are castings of children from five to fourteen years of age from different nationalities, who are attached to the seabed to create a microclimate to improve the water quality in the sea.
- My project is about making people aware of what we are about to cause from damage at sea. The technical and eco-measure are things: We make sculptures that we place under water. Each sculpture park has its own proper PH and material, adapted to the climate and ecosystem where they should be.