The Underwater Sculpture Cancun and Isla Mujeres Underwater Art Museum is an ambitious project by artist Jason deCaires Taylor who has lowered some 400 permanent life-size sculptures into the water surrounding Cancun to create the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial attractions in the world.
The Museum aiming to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science forms a complex reef structure for marine life to colonise and inhabit. Each of the sculptures is made from specialized materials used to promote coral life, with the total installations occupying an area of over 420sq metres of barren sea bed and weighing over 180 tons. The Cancun Marine Park is one of the most visited stretches of water in the world with over 750,000 visitors each year, placing immense pressure on its resources. The location of the sculptures will promote the recovery of the natural reefs, relieving pressure on them by drawing visitors away.
Many more images available on his web site. (thnx, sara!)
Prada Marfa, an art installation just outside Marfa, Texas. From Pictory’s latest series, Everthing’s Bigger in Texas, a place I called home for 20 years.
Some great shots of Fiona Banner‘s latest installation at Tate Britain. Fiona has suspended an enormous Sea Harrier nose-down from the ceiling just inches off the floor and polished an upside-down Sepecat Jaguar so visitors can see their reflection in it.
For Banner these objects represent the ‘opposite of language’, used when communication fails. In bringing body and machine into close proximity she explores the tension between the intellectual perception of the fighter plane and physical experience of the object.
(via we make money not art)
Publish or Perish was a 2009 show at Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica featuring absurdly detailed sculptures and prints by artist Kiel Johnson. This printing press is particularly awesome. (via yewknee)
Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has designed a clock that literally knits time.
Every passing of a half hour is marked by the knitting of a mesh, a full day is registered as one round around the clock and a year results in a 2-m-long [6′ 5″] scarf. After one year they yarn has to be replaced with a new one and a new year can be knitted.
Elise has some other cool concepts. (via fastco)
Participatory installation by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák. Every visitor is encouraged to mark their height on the wall and after several months a dark band encircles the gallery. (via bldg//wlf)