Fairmont Maldives Unveils New Underwater Art Installation By Jason DeCaires Taylor

PUBLISHED September 10, 2019

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort has relaunched its famed underwater art installation with a series of new sculptures, designed to imitate coral colonies, rising from ten semi-submerged plinths by celebrated British environmentalist and Eco-artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

Conceptualized by Taylor, the new abstract sculptures are inspired by the natural beauty of the coral reef and have been designed to imitate the ethereal formation of coral colonies. Rising from ten, semi-submerged plinths within the Coralarium, the installation aims to raise awareness of the threatened ecosystem, educate guests about the underwater world and rehabilitate the reef. Rising from the sea into the sky, the tessellated sculptures act as a visual connector between the aquatic world, and the land.

This structure and submerged artwork has been designed to act as an artificial reef that with time will provide a habitat for the expansive lagoons marine life sculptures rising up to five meters in height attract fish and crustaceans with their ceramic starfish structure with cubby holes providing a hiding place for fish and shellfish. This gives the resorts guests close encounters with the marine species while swimming and snorkeling between the works of art with a marine biologist or on one of the specially curated evening snorkeling tours.

Having created these environmentally beneficial underwater museums across the world, Taylor is adept at constructing works that become a part of the ecosystem, using non-toxic, marine-grade compounds that are free from pollutants.

Fairmont Maldives opened its doors in May 2018, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is an idyllic island paradise dedicated to educating the next generation of Eco-conscious travelers. With the coral regeneration project, educational exploration of the coral reef, in-house marine biologists, a water distillery and, in early 2020, the installation of solar panels, the resort strives to protect and restore the well being of local ecosystems. Scattered like strings of pearls across the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the coral atolls that make up the tiny nation of The Maldives attract travelers seeking the sun, sea and sand with some of the most beautiful islands in the world.


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