Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has recently debuted the Sculpture Coralarium which he dedicated to the protection of the marine ecosystem of the oceans. It is a semi-submerged museum located in Shaviyani’s Maldivian Atoll, just off Sirru Fen Fushi, a short distance from the beach at the luxurious Fairmont resort.
The installation was partially lowered into the lagoon and consists of a cube made of stainless steel and concrete which is six meters high and 20 tons in weight. The structure is made to be salt-water resistant and was designed with a variety of large holes in different sizes in order to allow for the passage of currents, fish and all marine creatures that over time will slowly recreate their natural habitat.
There are 14 sculptures both above and inside the cube which represent human and plant figures, men and children belonging to the native population of the Maldives and to the native plants of the area.
About 200 fragments of coral had been found around the Coralarium, a type of graft that would soon become a new and flourishing expanse of corals. Guests of the local resort have the privilege to enter the sculpture through small guided tours given by expert marine biologists. Guests can swim inside it and admire this small and beautiful world in evolution.
Jason deCaires Taylor, who has always been involved in environmental protection, had created several underwater installations before. Some of his best known are the Ocean Atlas, a giant statue of a woman supporting the ocean in the Bahamas, the MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) in Mexico and the Atlantic Museum in the Canaries.