Art and Architecture: The New ‘Swimming with the Fishes’ Approach in Underwater Works
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These two distinct works, a resort restaurant and a museum exhibit, are related by not just the water that they are submerged in but also in the drive for the people to interact more with nature and to understand the life that is all around us without disturbing its wonder. Architecture and art are profound fields that can teach people the reasons that sustainability is not only a necessary element, but a beautiful, interactive experience.
Architecture and art are considered different fields but in many forms they are very similar especially as they both are commonly striving to bring people and their environment together in a unified, unique and memorable experience.
Architects are taught material characteristics so that they can understand how to design a functional structure. Artists work with materials and know how to push those characteristics to and past known functional extents, creating new boundaries.
An interesting, and not a far-fetched, comparison can be found in Jason deCaires Tayor’s Underwater Sculptures and the underwater restaurant on Rangalifinolhu Island.
The island resort called The Conrad Maldives Rangali is an exclusive getaway only accessible by airplane. It boasts the first ever glass, under-the-sea restaurant, sitting 16 feet below the surface, entitled Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. This is a chance for people to experience their environment in a different manner than normal.
The glass restaurant opened in the mid-2000’s and for special occasions the dining room can be transformed into a private (well besides the fish) bedroom for two.
The island resort is a private excursion whereas the recent sculpture museum of Taylor’s is more for public viewing.