Oct 15 2010Soylent Reef: Fake Reef Made Out Of People
British artist Jason de Caires Taylor's Mexican installation and reef conservation project is for a fine cause. Taylor has 350 statues in place--all cast from real people--that will eventually sprout coral.
Taylor hopes that when his statues eventually bloom with coral--and they should, thanks to their carefully-neutralized pH levels--the attraction will divert tourists away from Cancun's natural reefs, which are being stressed to death by the over 750,000 people who crowd its coral and underwater creatures every year. The goal is to finish the artificial reef with 400 statues--adding up to 120 tons of concrete, secured 10 feet under the ocean's floor.
I've been to Cancun before. I didn't see this. Maybe it was because I went in '99. Or maybe it was because I went in a dream. There's really no telling these days. Am I really writing articles at 9PM on a Friday night, or am I only dreaming it? Actually doing it? F*** I'm a loser.
Hit the jump for a portrait of the whole group. Say barnacles!
Thanks to Chaemelion, who's eaten soylent reef before and said it tastes like spilled oil. I believe it.