ARTS & CULTURE
10/26/2010 12:30 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Underwater Sculpture Acting As Artificial Coral Reef (VIDEO)

British artist and avid diver Jason DeCaires Taylor is unwilling to accept the prediction that 80% of coral reefs will be lost by 2050. His latest project in the ocean near Cancun, La Evolución Silenciosa ("The Silent Evolution"), is a series of over 400 underwater sculptures of human figures which are based off of photographs of real people. Taylor views the statues as a metaphor for the evolution of human life, but they also exist as part of actual marine life, operating as an artificial reef. The installation will be inaugurated on November 27, 2010 to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.