Better Than A Fish Bowl: “Urban Reef” Provides Suburban Homes For Tropical Fish
September 25, 2012
Jason Decaires Taylor has been making waves for years with his amazing underwater sculptures for the Museo Subacuatico de Arte in Cancun. At this one-of-a-kind museum, visitors can scuba their way through tropical reefs and marvel at Taylor’s underwater tableaux, which include a beautiful submerged grand piano and a collection of more than 400 human figures. His latest work, “Urban Reef,” is a group of small family homes for fish. Modeled after suburban houses, the sculptures serve as safe havens for puffer fish, crabs, eels, and more. Read More.
With help from a team of marine biologists, the houses have been specially designed to accommodate a variety of marine species. Flat, leveled areas allow crabs and lobsters to sit comfortably, while the textured roof encourages coral to settle and grow. Even a chimney with a tube-like inner structure is perfect for eels. Holes in the back of the home allow fish to come and go as they please, but are small enough to keep out large predators.