Born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over 20 years diving experience under his belt, Taylor is also an award winning underwater photographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his evolving sculptures.Jason creates underwater sculptures. Instead of trying to create unchanging and lasting works, he encourages the organic growth of coral and other organisms across his creations.On a practical level, the sculptures installed, depending on the weight and design of the sculptures most are deployed from a vessel with a lifting arm. Once in the water float bags are attached and the piece(s) can be carefully lifted and moved into the final position. Larger pieces are made in separate units and then connected underwater.Anchoring screws are used to connect the base of the piece to the ocean substrate. The whole operation can take up to ten crew members and five divers. The largest piece Vicissitudes took a week (four hours per day) underwater to assemble.The work is shallow enough to be viewed by snorkelling, diving or from a glass bottom boat. The experience of each visit can be entirely different depending on the prevailing weather conditions and the interaction of marine life. Jason work has also started to develop another life in its digital reproduction.
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