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Submerged Shelter Sculptures (UPDATE)

The Underwater Cement Sculptures Live in Cancun, Mexico

— October 14, 2013 — Art & Design
Jason deCaires Taylor's newly unveiled underwater cement sculptures join over 500 other off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The underwater cement sculptures, exhibited at MUSA, or the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, are all completely submerged and are done by enlisting the help of coral, which "applies the paint," and fish, which "supply the atmosphere."

One of Taylor's works is The Speaker, which features a man covered in over 200 fragments of Acropora Prolifera, standing upright with his arms by his sides in front of a lecture podium. In another, the Vein Man is created from a highly developed grade of marine stainless steel, and is punctured by various shapes that act as a calcerious structure for Fire Coral to encrust themselves on. The internal void, intended to house the Millepora, which translates to a thousand pores, signifies the thousand of holes that pierce a human's skin and the transportation networks of the human body.
Trend Themes
1. Underwater Cement Sculptures - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Exploring new artistic possibilities by combining cement sculptures with underwater environments.
2. Museo Subacuatico De Arte (MUSA) - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Creating immersive art experiences underwater to attract and engage audiences in a unique way.
3. Integration of Coral and Marine Life - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Leveraging the natural processes of coral and fish to collaborate and contribute to artistic creations.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Sculpture - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporating unconventional materials and techniques into traditional art forms to redefine artistic expression.
2. Tourism and Travel - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing underwater attractions that offer a new and captivating experience for tourists seeking unique destinations.
3. Environmental Conservation - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Using art as a medium to raise awareness about marine ecosystems and promote conservation efforts.
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