“The Vicissitudes”: An Underwater Sculpture That Honors The African Ancestors Lost In The Sea During The Middle Passage

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By far this is the most fascinating piece of artwork that I have seenThe Vicissitudes”. An underwater sculpture in Grenada that honors the African Ancestors that was lost in the sea during the middle passage. Created by Jason de Caires Taylor an artist that creates unique underwater sculptures that focus on natural ecological processes. 

The Vicissitudes is made up of a life-size casts taken from a group of children of diverse ethnic background. The sculpture depicts a circle of figures, all linked through holding hands. These are circular in structure and located five meters below the surface. 

Taylorhas gained international recognition for creating the world’s first underwater sculpture park inGrenada,West Indies. His work is not only beautiful and unique; it also champions a message of ecologic hope and recovery. 

There is a beautiful sadness here, something to do with the way the sea will eventually take the sculpture as its own. As it did when the captives (slaves) that were forced or jump into the sea.

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