The sad demise of the world's first tidal art gallery

The semi-submerged space was only open for two months before it was demolished

Stars Insider

15/08/19 | StarsInsider


The Maldives makes a fantastic location for holiday hunters who crave an idyllic getaway, but even more enticing are its treasures beneath the surface. The marine life has long drawn divers and snorkelers from all over the world, though the environment has inevitably taken a toll.

The coral is bleaching and dying out, but there are no signs of slowing in terms of tourism. That’s where Jason deCaires Taylor comes in, an artist who decided to bring humans and nature closer in a mutually beneficial experience.

In July 2018, the British artist, naturalist, and environmental sculptor unveiled a semi-submerged tidal gallery housing artworks that were merely in their beginning phase. The idea was that over time, the pieces would evolve as they become colonized by algae and new coral, letting mother nature take part in the creative process.

As it is partly underwater, the gallery involves the famed Maldivian snorkeling experience as visitors tour the immersive space. Taylor was commissioned by the Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi resort as part of their coral regeneration project, and while the gallery added to the resort’s appeal, it also had the environment in mind every step of the way.

Unfortunately, the gallery was destroyed by the Maldivian government just two months later. Check out this gallery to learn more about how the underwater marvel was carefully constructed, and the sad way it met its all-too-sudden fate.


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