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Underwater Sculpture rises from the seabed at luxury Indonesian resort

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The world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has completed one of his most ambitious works yet – a man-made reef in the shallow waters off a beach voted Indonesia’s best by Tripadvisor.

For more than a decade the British-born artist has created hauntingly beautiful sculptures in waters from the Caribbean to the Canary Islands and the River Thames. His latest work, entitled Nest, is formed of 48 life-size human figures set in shallow water a short swim from the soon to be completed beachclub at BASK Gili Meno, a sustainable resort being developed on one of Indonesia’s most unspoilt tropical islands.

Gili Meno has a permanent population of just 500 people but is lapped by warm, crystal clear waters famed for their turtle population and blessed with one of the world’s richest ecosystems.

Nest features a ring of human figures, each sculpted from pH neutral, environmental grade concrete and based on the casts of real people. The material provides a natural home for corals, and within a year the ocean’s teeming marine life population will transform the sculpture into a reef. The work will continue to evolve and transform as the reef forms around it.

The work was commissioned as a centrepiece for a resort being developed by the acclaimed luxury developer BASK. When completed in early 2019, BASK Gili Meno will comprise of 87 secluded, chic and airy villas, each designed to celebrate natural beauty and respect the local culture.

The development blends sustainable materials, modern architecture and the latest energy-saving technology, as well as sensitivity to the car-free island’s unspoilt natural environment. Baywatch star David Hasselhoff became an early buyer at the resort after a visit to Gili Meno left him spellbound.

Greg Meyer, CEO of BASK Gili Meno, commented: “Gili Meno is a pristine island paradise and we’re determined that it should remain so. Our vision for BASK Gili Meno is to create an exclusive retreat that blends seamlessly into the rich tropical landscape. Jason’s works aren’t just sculptures, they are vibrant, thriving ecosystems in their own right. Nest is more than just a thing of beauty that will draw visitors to the island – as a perfect intersection of mankind and nature, it also symbolises what we’re trying to achieve at BASK Gili Meno.” 

Jason deCaires Taylor added: “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 teem with life. Soft corals and sponges should flourish quickly paving the way for delicate hard corals and a fully established reef. But Nest is also a bridge between the human and marine worlds. It’s accessible to anyone and is just a short swim from a beach open to all. I hope people will visit it both as a piece of art and as an entrance point to the underwater world”.

“40% of the world’s coral reefs have been lost over the past few decades and scientists predict many more are now at risk. We hope Nest will remind visitors of the many treasures of the underwater world and how fragile they are,” continues Jason.

Visit www.baskgilimeno.com and www.underwatersculpture.com to find out more.

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Jeff chats to… Chloe Hurst, overall winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Chloe Hurst, winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Chloe’s film – Waves of Change – can be seen here:

Second in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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Jeff chats to… Jenn Sandiford about the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – about the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.

The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

In this first interview of six, Jenn tells us about the Festival and how it came about. In the following five interviews – one shared each day this week – Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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