Jason deCaires Taylor has produced profoundly beautiful underwater sculptures. Although Taylor seeks to encourage environmental awareness, prompt social change and encourage us to value the beauty of the underwater world, I believe there is a deeper meaning.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, water is a Jungian symbol for the spirit and intuition. These submersed sculptures symbolise our connectedness with all living and non-living things. As the sculptures attract sea life; algae, corals, and starfish, the sculptures integrate with the sea’s natural environment demonstrating that we are not separate from our environment. A quiet beauty emerges out of the slow transformation of the sculptures – a signal that perhaps we too can learn to quiet our impulse of rapid change. Perhaps slowing down is where we can connect with our creative source – intuition. Perhaps this is where beauty lies.