Just over a year ago, we told you about Coralarium, the project carried out by Jason deCaires Taylor to save the Maldives coral reef. In recent months, Jason deCaires Taylor’s interest and commitment have never waned, on the contrary, they led the artist to collaborate in the creation of the MOUA (Museum of Underwater Art), the first underwater museum in the southern hemisphere.
Off the City of Townsville, in the northeastern part of Australia, under the surface of the ocean, there is a stainless steel structure called The Coral Greenhouse, which houses some sculptures made by Jason deCaires Taylor.
The aim, also this time, is to fight the ever faster disappearance of the coral reef, offering the oceanic fauna a structure on which to develop that is not affected by man.
In addition, the MOUA also consists of a single work placed above the surface of the water, supported on a pole. It is the Ocean Siren, a sculpture covered with LEDs that change color according to the temperature of the ocean: the colder it is, the more the light will turn blue and purple, the warmer it is, the more the lights will turn orange and red. This attention to water temperature comes from the fact that the increase in degrees in recent years has caused the loss of color of corals, now almost all of them become white.
The opening to the public of the MOUA was supposed to take place last April, but due to the sanitary emergency, it has been moved to a date yet to be defined. We hope as soon as possible!