A sizeable sculpture of a young woman was installed off the coast of Nassau, Bahamas earlier this month. Jason DeCaires Taylor's Ocean Atlas is not only a beautiful work of art, but it is also a functional artificial reef. The artists has previously placed hundreds of underwater sculptures, including a series of concrete houses in the waters off Cancun, Mexico that also function as artificial reefs.

JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR. Ocean Atlas, 2014 JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR. Ocean Atlas, 2014 Photo via Forbes

The sculpture is made of concrete and has a height of 16 feet and a weight of 60 tons, making it the largest underwater sculpture in existence. Taylor created the colossal woman through 3D scans and a layered mold, and lowered the sculpture into the water in sections.

Ocean Atlas was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation and is part of an underwater sculpture garden alongside works by several local artists, such as Willicey Tynes and Andret John.

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