A New Underwater Installation Completed By Jason deCaires Taylor In Oslo

The Initial works which were installed at the end of last year have already been heavily colonised by mussels, shrimps, barnacles and bright orange sea squirts.
The Initial works which were installed at the end of last year have already been heavily colonised by mussels, shrimps, barnacles and bright orange sea squirts.

The new installation by Jason deCaires Taylor called Nexus has just officially opened in Oslo this past weekend. The new works, which are comprised of 15 sculptures, are situated in an Oslo fjord and float both on the surface of the water and two metres (about 6 feet) underwater.

The work was commissioned as part of a new children’s art centre named Sjøholmen, where they aim to encourage the young community to explore the diverse marine life in the surrounding Fjords.

The site of the installation is marked by two bronze figures standing on a floating pontoon that is sculpted in wave textured cement. The floating sculpture is designed to create a bridge between the shore and the underwater pieces. The artworks are extremely shallow at 2m (about 6ft) and can either be viewed via snorkelling, diving, or from a glass bottom canoe.

Each of the underwater works is tethered to the Fjord floor by means of an “umbilical cord” which signifies our inherent connection and dependence on our natural world.

During the winter the Fjord can freeze over with 30cm (about a foot) of ice, allowing the works to be explored underwater through a filter of blues and greens, colors that are reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis.

Read more (in Swedish) on the Sjøholmen web site.

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