Jason de Caires Taylor

‘Viccisitudes’ follow this theme of submerged figures, but instead of letting the tide take them, he created the world’s first underwater sculpture garden. This particular piece lies off the coast of Lanzarote. The name ‘Viccisitudes’ means “a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant” and many people took this as reference to The Middle Passage and the transportation during the slave trade; depicting fallen “refugees”standing in solidarity with hands held.

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However the diverse background of the figures cast suggests it is a piece more focussed on humanity as a whole and the way in which time and the environment interact on humanity, much like Antony Gormley’s piece aimed to.

The artist describes his work:

” …the work both withstands strong currents and replicates one of the primary geometric shapes, evoking ideas of unity and continuum. … The sculpture proposes growth, chance, and natural transformation. It shows how time and environment impact on and shape the physical body. Children by nature are adaptive to their surroundings. Their use within the work highlights the importance of creating a sustainable and well-managed environment, a space for future generations. “

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