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Scuba Diver Australasia - - Contents - By Cat Vin­ton

Us­ing the ocean as an ex­hi­bi­tion space, Bri­tish artist Ja­son de-Caires Tay­lor has cre­ated an un­der­wa­ter mu­seum off the coast of Lan­zarote, com­pris­ing life-size con­crete fig­ures de­pict­ing ev­ery­thing from the hor­rors of the refugee cri­sis to selfie-tak­ing tourists, sculp­ture that will trans­form over time into a thriv­ing ma­rine ecosys­tem.

Life-sized casts are sit­u­ated 14 me­tres be­low the sur­face of the wa­ter. This is a per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion, ac­ces­si­ble to divers and snorkellers and tourists in glass-bot­tomed boats.

The Raft of Lampe­dusa de­picts 13 refugees on a raft, drift­ing to­wards an un­cer­tain fu­ture. It draws its in­spi­ra­tion from Théodore Géri­cault’s The Raft of the Me­dusa, which rep­re­sents the vain hope of ship­wrecked sailors. De­spite be­ing able to see the res­cue ves­sel on the hori­zon, they are aban­doned to their fate – much as refugees are today.

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