Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park completes renovations
- The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park was opened in 2006 and was the first of its kind in the world.
- The park was designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and is accessible to snorkelers and divers.
- Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park is a national treasure and its upkeep is important to maintaining the pristine appeal of Grenada’s waters.
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) announced today that the renovation project of the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park (USP), located off the west coast of Grenada in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, has been completed.
Listed as one of the top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, the park was designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and is accessible to snorkelers and divers. the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park was opened in 2006 and was the first of its kind in the world. It has become one of the destination’s most popular attractions.
The installation includes 82 life-size sculptures that reflect the culture of Grenada and are fashioned from a variety of mediums, but mostly from simple substrates, including concrete. They create an ideal, relatively fixed and permanent substrate on which marine life can thrive.
One of the park’s most famous sculptures is the Vicissitudes, a circle of 28 figures cast by local Grenadian children bound together holding hands. Other notable pieces include the ‘Lost Correspondent’, a man working on a typewriter at a desk covered in historical newspaper clippings; “Sienna,” an elegant sculpture that depicts the graceful figure of a young skin diver from a much-loved local story; and “TAMCC Faces,” a series of life-size faces seemingly cast into the crevice of a large coral boulder that involved students from the local community college.
Over time, the sculpture park has been affected by natural environmental forces. Thus, to preserve its integrity, restoration efforts have been initiated to maintain the environmental relevance and contribution to the vast marine life it makes. These efforts ranged from repairing and clearing specific structures to removing and relocating others.
“The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is a national treasure and its upkeep is important to maintaining the pure appeal of Grenada’s waters,” said Petra Roach, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority. “Innovatively designed to act as an artificial reef, the park has attracted an amazing array of diverse marine life to the area since its installation and has provided a surface for coral growth – ultimately important to our conservation efforts. and our commitment to combating the ravages of global warming.At the Grenada Tourism Authority, we will continue to champion and support such projects to ensure the viability and sustainable endeavors of the destination.