This new underwater sculpture park is currently in the planning stage, and open in 2019, right off the shore of Gili Meno. It will be one of the highlights of BASK Gili Meno and will offer you a hauntingly beautiful place to dive, with 48 life-size sculptures of human figures in various poses. The sculptures are the works of Jason deCaires Taylor, whose underwater sculptures can be found in various dive sites around the world, including the Carribean, the Canary Islands and even in the Thames, back in his home country of Great Britain.
Depicting a circle of 48 life-size figures, standing together and curled up on the ground, the piece is expected to become covered in coral, making it a destination for divers to explore off the coast of the small island of Gili Meno between Bali and Lombok.
The piece was created by Jason deCaires Taylor, a well-known underwater sculptor. The man-made reef has been placed in shallow water off a beach in Indonesia – and within swimming distance from a soon-to-be-completed beach club at BASK Gili Meno. BASK is a luxury resort that will be completed in 2019, which will have 87 villas.
The island, which has a permanent population of just 500 people known for its turtle population and ecosystem. With its delicate environment, the sculpture is made from a pH neutral, environmental-grade concrete and based on casts of real people. It is set up to become a home for corals, and according to a statement, within a year the ocean will turn it into a reef and will continue to grow overtime.
“First and foremost Nest is an environmental space. The figures are arranged in a circular formation as an echo of the circle of life, and they will soon team with life. Soft corals and sponges should flourish quickly paving the way for delicate hard corals and a fully established reef,” said deCaires Taylor in a statement.
Source&image: Bali Post International