The Silent Evolution is a project headed by Jason de Caires Taylor and sinks man-made objects to the bottom of the ocean to create artificial reefs for marine life. this reef restoration project is also an art installation that includes over 400 such sculptures, located in Cancun’s National Marine Park.
The Silent Evolution is designed to provide a new home of “nooks and crannies” for fish and other underwater creatures that have been displaced by humans and pollution. the latest addition to the installation is a life size cement Volkswagen Beetle! weighing in at 8 tons, the Beetle’s shape gives it extra stability 8 meters under the ocean. the sculpture is hollowed out with all kinds of hiding spots for fish to lay eggs and create a mini ecosystem.
Jason deCaires Taylor worked as a scuba diving teacher, which led him to witness the destruction of many underwater reefs. his “ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.”
the project bridges marine life awareness, art and ecosystem health.