Ocean Atlas

After that last post, here’s a little palate cleanser: Ocean Atlas, an underwater sculpture of a Bahamian girl supporting the weight of the ocean, by Jason deCaires Taylor.


One of the loveliest things about it is that it’s going to get more attractive over time: it’s made of a pH-neutral cement that makes a good home for reef organisms, so it’s going to get gradually encrusted with life. See the link above for more examples of his work.


  1. says

    Brilliant, beautiful, creative, enticing… I could go all the way to Z with adjectives but the art speaks for itself. It makes me wish I could swim or dive (terrified of water that isn’t far enough away to look at while dry).

    such a pretty smile
    correlation diving point
    at the starting line

  2. moarscienceplz says

    That is very cool, although I would have chiseled off the mold seam marks if I were the sculptor.

  3. says


    Al Dente @ 2:

    In a few years Ocean Atlas will be a reef. Cool!

    Did you click the link? He has hundreds of sculptures underwater, with a lot of images of reef formation happening.

  4. Crimson Clupeidae says

    I was trying to find a location, I would love to make my next SCUBA destination where these are. The best I could find was one photo suggesting it was in Cancun. I don’t know if they are all there or not.

    Beautiful work!

  5. Al Dente says

    Iyeska @5

    I looked at the sculptures in the link. They’re all becoming reefs. Still cool!

  6. birgerjohansson says

    Nobody else? Do I have to say it? -What if the statue reads Ayn Rand? The ocean could collapse!

  7. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Martin@9: Cheers for that. A couple of those places are already on my SCUBA bucket list. Have to add a few more now. :)