More than 10 percent of the world’s coral reefs have been completely destroyed, while human activity continues to threaten the remainder of what’s left.
Though coral reefs only cover about 0.2 percent of the ocean’s floor, scientists have estimated that nearly one million species of fish, algae and invertebrates can be found in and around the world’s reefs.
In the Philippines, where the destruction is most prevalent, over 70 percent have been sent into complete oblivion.
But one sculptor is doing something to give back to the deteriorating ecosystems that once thrived below the ocean.
Jason deCaires Taylor’s self-sustaining sculptures create an expansive visual seascape, where anyone who straps on some diving gear can glide past a sight that few get to witness in their lifetime — a place that mimics a thriving coral habitat.
DeCaires Taylor was the first person to ever create an underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions. Before becoming a sculptor, he was a scuba diving instructor.
So, it only seemed natural that he find a way to incorporate both of his passions into building sustainable environments that harbor life, as well as a place for tourists to explore without disrupting existing natural habitats.
All marine environments are in a constant state of flux, and deCaires Taylor’s work is a reminder of how nature always finds a way to reclaim human environments.
See more of his work here. It’s truly impressive.