Tides on the Thames rise and fall around temporary sculptures

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Well, our favorite sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, is at it again. We love his work at the Museum of Underwater Art in Cancun, Mexico and have interviewed him about his underwater sculpture park in Grenada, among others. He's one of my favorite artists.

The latest work from Jason is called The Rising Tide. Set in central London, it's extraordinary. Take a look...

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

Installed on the 3rd of September 2015, the latest work by Jason deCaires Taylor depicts a series of horses with riders on the banks of the river Thames in central London. Positioned on the shoreline adjacent to the MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall, opposite Tate Britain, the tidal works are revealed and partially concealed by the rise and fall of the Thames twice daily.

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

The hybrid sculptures fuse oil extraction machinery with the equine form, referencing the working horse of London whilst drawing attention to our ongoing dependency on fossil fuels and the potential apocalyptic outcome of climate change.

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

The sculpture was commissioned by the "Totally Thames" festival which celebrates the river Thames during the month of September and was funded by Lumina Prime8 and Art-Biosphere.  

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

Each of the horses has a different rider, either a male suited figure or a young teenager. The suited figures illustrate an attitude of denial or ambivalence towards our current climate crisis, whereas the young riders represent hope in effecting future change. As a whole, the sculptures symbolise our desire to control natural forces, but their position in a vast body of moving water highlights our inherent fragility. It is intended to provide a disturbing metaphor for rising sea levels, demonstrating how little time we have to act, yet crucially it offers hope as it resets itself each day offering us the opportunity for change. 

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

The rising tide. Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest underwater sculpture, in London

 

Due to permitting requirements the works at this stage are a temporary installation and further sites are being considered to rehouse the works once the festival ends. 

Title: The Rising Tide
Materials: Stainless steel, pH neutral high-density marine cement.
Location: Thames foreshore, Vauxhall, London.

Learn more:
http://www.underwatersculpture.com/

 

All photos and information courtesy and copyright Jason deCaires Taylor

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