A Haunting Underwater Sculpture Garden in Grenada

DSCN0010They lay silent underneath the surface of the sea, holding hands with their faces turned up in hope. The Circle of Children is an underwater sculpture just off the coast of the Caribbean nation of Grenada, done by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. Their transformation, as they become remodeled through coral and other ocean growth, reflects the changes of growing up over a lifetime.

The Circle of Children is one of many underwater sculptures here at Molinere Bay, and something I badly wanted to see since planning our first trip to Grenada this past March. We got our chance when we rented a car for the day and drove to the bay, meeting a snorkel guide who offered to take us to the just-offshore sculpture garden and show us around for $20. It was a deal.

In addition to the Circle of Children, another very moving piece was The Graveyard. Just as it sounds, this area is home to many sculpture forms lying on the ocean floor, partially covered in sand in their silent, watery tombs. These sculptures are an homage to the many thousands who died on the slave ships coming from Africa to the New World during the horrific Atlantic Slave Trade. It is haunting, especially in the eerie other-worldliness feeling of underwater — and knowing that so many people were thrown overboard (alive or dead) and rest eternally on the ocean floor.

There are other sculptures as well, including:

Picture-3The Lost Correspondent
A man working at his desk and typewriter, the desk covered with historical newspaper cuttings including some documenting Grenada’s involvement with Cuba. The work draws attention to the changes in how we communicate and depicts the lost correspondent as a relic in today’s society.

Man on Bicycle
A sculpture of life size man cycling along the side of the reef (on a salvaged bicycle).

Praying Woman
The Mermaid
The Silent Cry

Here is a video about the making and placement of these statues if you’re interested:

If you ever get the chance to go to Grenada, don’t miss this incredible place that can be easily seen via snorkeling in shallow waters, in an hour or so.

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4 Comments on “A Haunting Underwater Sculpture Garden in Grenada”

  1. May 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on soundquake and commented:
    Remarkable art work underwater! Has anyone been down there to see these?

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  2. May 1, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Wow. Wow. I’ve never heard of this. It just went on the list. Thanks for sharing.

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    • May 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      You’re welcome! I actually first heard of it a year or so ago…then when we began planning our trip to Grenada, I didn’t remember at all that THAT’S where it was. It was only shortly before we left that I realized it, and this promptly went to the top of my list to see while there.

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