Our natural coral reefs need saving; art might be the answer in this stunning meditation on environmental conservation.
‘Angel Azul’ bridges the gap between art and environmental conservation as we watch talented artist Jason deCaires Taylor assemble breathtaking sculptures to line the ocean floor as artificial coral reefs.
The enriching aspect of the documentary form is to view something that you possess little knowledge of, yet your eyes are opened to the world in a new light. This documentary manages to be educational and insightful – exploring the threats to our coral reefs such as the effects of water pollution – but never in a labouring way. The tone is consistently optimistic and humorous as we witness Taylor embalm a variety of peoples’ personalities in a humanist effort to save the environment through art. Not just any art, his art is like nothing you will have seen before.
For a topic that largely condemns humanity’s treatment of our ecosystems, ‘Angel Azul’ restores faith in the human spirit as we witness man-made art combine with the forces of nature.