Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has introduced his latest work with series of new “Sculpture Coralarium” in the Maldives at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
The Coralarium is the first and only coral regeneration project in the Maldives that comes in the form of an underwater art installation. For this installation, the celebrated British environmentalist and eco-artist behind it took inspiration from the natural beauty of the coral reef to create artworks that raise awareness of the threatened ecosystem, educate the resort’s guests about the marine habitat and rehabilitate the reef.
When 2018, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi opened with a distinguishing feature that set it apart from its neighbouring islands: an underwater art installation by acclaimed artist Jason deCaires Taylor. When But the underwater museum made news shortly after its launch when sculptures were pulled to the surface for depicting human forms. Now, the art installation is once again complete with a series of new sculptures, designed to imitate coral colonies, rising from ten semi-submerged plinths.
This structure and submerged artwork has been designed to act as an artificial reef that with time will provide a habitat for the expansive lagoon’s 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 resort’s guests close encounters with the marine species while swimming and snorkelling between the works of art with a marine biologist or on one of the specially curated evening snorkelling 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 Sirru Fen Fushi is located at Shaviyani Atoll, North Maldives. The resort is accessible by a 50-minute scenic seaplane flight directly to the resort. AccorHotels today counts three hotels in the Maldives, including Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort and Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.