Officially known as the “Moliniere Underwater Sculpture Park”, named after its location at Moliniere Point just north of St. Georges, this park touts itself as the first underwater sculpture park in the world.
I recently snorkeled here during a day sail from Prickly Bay up to Dragon Bay, where overnight moorings are available from the Grenada Marine Protected Area patrol boat for $10 USD, and close enough to the park to swim directly from your boat.
I’ll just add now, for the non-sailors, that there are dozens of tour operators that take trips out to this park, in everything from glass bottom boats to dive boats.
Underwater Sculpture Park History
The sculptures were started in 2006 by the British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. They range in depth from ten to thirty feet.
Taylor grew up with an interesting background, starting off as a graffiti artist in his teenage years and eventually becoming a dive instructor in Malaysia. It was this combination of art and and a love of ocean conservatism that led to this sculpture park.
Grenada lies south of the traditional “hurricane belt”, but the island took a direct hit by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and then suffered a lot of damage from Hurricane Emily the following year. These disasters devastated the reefs – natural island barriers and home to an extremely diverse & important ecosystem.
This also reduced the number of underwater attractions in Grenada. When there are more reefs, human visitors can be sparsely spread out amongst all of them. When the number of reefs is reduced, the number of humans visiting remaining reefs goes up, putting some strain on the system.
Taylor sculpted these pieces out of cement, on land, and they were then lowered from a crane on barges. The cement was specially formulated with a low acidity and textured surface to encourage the growth of coral polyps to the structures. Even though the sculptures are less than a decade old, I could already see growth on a lot of them! This coral growth, in turn, brings in the entire food chain from tiny crustaceans to giant barracuda (keeping sentry – he let me pass).
Since 2006, more artists have added to the park. Grenadian Troy Lewis has installed a sculpture that has now become one of the main attractions, the “Christ of the Deep.”
The sculptures invite people to see the relationship between art and the underwater environment. And then there’s just the art itself.
The Underwater Sculptures
(I’ll keep adding more as I go back)
I had seen pictures of these underwater sculptures years ago and have always been intrigued by them. I never knew where they were, but it looked like a cool place to visit, wherever it was. And now here I am.
I thought I saw most of the sculptures during my one snorkeling trip. I counted nine. I came up a little short of the actual number – there’s somewhere in the range of 60-70 sculptures in the park spread out over almost a quarter of an acre. I guess I had better go back to find the rest! No worries, I’ll have plenty of opportunity over the next couple of months.
For more information visit grenadaunderwatersculpture.com (has not been updated since 2013).