In the waters off of Cancun, Mexico, Sigma sponsored eco-sculptor and photographer Jason deCaires Taylor is hard at work, creating and deploying hundreds of underwater sculptures to raise awareness about reef degradation. Since 2006, Jason has been building The Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA), an underwater sculpture installation designed to act as an artificial reef to attract coral and fish species while diverting tourists away from fragile, natural reefs.
The newest addition to MUSA, known simply as “The Phoenix,” was launched last week. The Phoenix is the first kinetic sculpture in the MUSA collection, with wings propagated with living purple gorgonian fan coral that move back and forth underwater, beating with the natural cycle of the waves. The Phoenix is instrumental to the underwater museum’s story and has been a long-awaited addition to Taylor’s colony of statues. In fact, the Phoenix is one of the many underwater sculptures to be featured in the movie Angel Azul, which is being produced by a group of environmentalists to highlight Taylor’s work, as well as the efforts of The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Rod Salm. All of the underwater imagery in the movie, which will likely be released in the fall of 2012, is captured using Sigma lenses.
Taylor is currently using the Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC HSM, the 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, the 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, and the 10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM to capture video and still images of his MUSA activities. The following images, shot with the Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM, depict The Phoenix’s journey to the bottom of the sea.
To learn more about Jason’s work and how to become involved, visit www.underwatersculpture.com. You may also see his underwater videos and images shot with Sigma lenses and learn more about this partnership here.