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Cohesion! It’s a magical thing. One time, when I was reading National Geographic World Magazine (their magazine for kids now unoriginally called Kids; it taught me how to make crayons and gave me hope I could name my own crayon color one day), there was this really rad feature on cohesion art which was both cool and informative. This video shows us how it works, and speedily too, for those of us who have not much time in which to spend trolling the internet looking at videos about things that will in doubt not better our lives in any tangible fashion.

Water Sculpture from Shinichi Maruyama on Vimeo.

Jason de Caires Taylor creates underwater sculptures that age with the water, and cool stuff grows on them, like coral, which though it looks like a rock, is not, thankyouverymuch. Some of them are incredibly haunting and give me the heebie jeebies, but that’s the point, so it’s all good.

“Hombre en Llamas (Man on Fire).” Depth 9m, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

He’s also helping the environment by creating artificial reefs, like this one off the coast of Delaware made of New York City subway cars. So two for the price of one, though I would not want to scuba dive past these, though I know the point of scuba diving is to see cool weird stuff like this. I also wouldn’t want to dive to see the Titanic, but that’s just me. It would be cold and scary, and I think the pictures are nice and they’ve brought up all the good stuff. This is totally a moot point as I have not gotten my scuba license. One for the bucket list not a New Year’s resolution.

The common thread between each of these works is how momentary they are. They rely on photography and video to show their beauty. Because of the literally fluid nature of water, they need another source to document a moment that existed. So much of art is focused on timelessness; this art isn’t timeless, however, the documentation of pieces of its evolution is. What is the real art — the piece deep below the surface, the water being caught, or the image in both cases being snapped by a photographer? And on that note, who is the real artist?

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