the underwater art museum will occupy Australia’s huge barrier reef | Instant News


seeks to highlight and preserve the extraordinary biodiversity in Australia good barrier reef, the recently completed underwater art museum (MOUA) features a submerged feature statue the work of British artists jason decaires taylor. while the formation of the largest coral reef in the world has long been a destination for tourists, divers and scientists, the site is at risk from rising sea temperatures, pollution and coastal development. with only one piece of art on the surface of the water, which was submerged museum will introduce visual reminders about the unseen underwater challenges facing Australia’s coral reefs.

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
images belonging to Jason Decaires-Taylor / underwater art museum
‘ocean sirens’ are the only part of the museum that is seen on the water

located off the vibrant town of townsville in queensland, the underwater art museum (MOUA) collection features submerged by jason decaires taylor. the only part of the museum visible on land is the ‘ocean siren’ – inaugurated in late 2019 – a didactic work that changes color in response to changes in coral water temperature. the newest park, entitled ‘coral greenhouse’ is scheduled to open in April 2020, but was postponed due to the current pandemic. a coral greenhouse containing twenty sculptures of a ‘reef garden’ that will grow over time with corals to attract new marine life to large barrier reefs.

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
courtesy image matt curnock / underwater art museum
‘coral greenhouses’ will grow over time with coral reefs to attract new marine life to large barrier reefs

australia’s underwater art museum (MOUA) recently introduced the first and only underwater museum in the southern hemisphere. artist jason decaires taylor displays reminders to those who are on the edge of the site’s environmental challenges in real time. ‘ocean sirens’ describe a rise in water temperature that has caused unprecedented mass coral bleaching on large barrier reefs. algae that live in coral tissue are removed, causing it to become completely white. The work is carved from stainless steel and translucent acrylic plates, containing 202 internal LED lights that change color as the temperature rises and falls. visitors can watch the color change from dark blue to light blue, yellow, orange, and finally dark red, a warning that coral reefs are in immediate danger.

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
courtesy image richard woodgett / underwater art museum
‘coral greenhouse’ features twenty statues of students working with corals

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
images belonging to Jason Decaires-Taylor / underwater art museum
Taylor works with local artists and members of indigenous communities leading to construction and installation

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
images belonging to Jason Decaires-Taylor / underwater art museum
a 40-foot long skeletal structure designed to eliminate strong underwater currents

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
image courtesy of richard woodgett / underwater art museum
this site was chosen because of its clear visibility, natural coral walls and flat sandy bottom

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
image belongs to matt curnock / underwater art museum
Water salinity, pH and oxygen levels are monitored, while an underwater camera captures coral development

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
images belonging to Jason Decaires-Taylor / underwater art museum
at the opening, tour operators will bring divers and snorkelers to explore the museum which is sixty feet under the sea

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
image belongs to matt curnock / underwater art museum
Coral Greenhouse is located about two hours from Townsville by boat

the underwater art museum (MOUA) will occupy Australia's large barrier reef
images belonging to Jason Decaires-Taylor / underwater art museum
‘Ocean sirens’ change color based on using data collected by the coral davies weather station

Project Info:

Project Title: underwater art museum (MOUA)

artist: jason decaires taylor

location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

photography: jason decaires-taylor, matt curnock, richard woodgett





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