We took a trip to Vauxhall last week to see this incredible underwater sculpture installation on the River Thames called The Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor. It is part of the Thames Fesitval that is on during the month of September.
“The first London commission of world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, The Rising Tide, is concealed and revealed by the daily ebb and flow of the tide on the Vauxhall foreshore. These four proud horses and their riders highlight the role of the Thames as the lifeblood of London, shaping the city’s great history as an ever evolving centre for culture, industry and commerce.”
We got down to the riverbank at 2 o’clock and it was very low tide so we could see the complete sculptures. It is an amazing concept and the sculptures are slightly larger than life size. We intend to go back to see them semi-submerged.
Have a look at their website to read more about them and the artist. There are a range of photos showing the horses and riders in various stages of submersion. They are very atmospheric and quite spooky when only the heads are visible. I always love it when a art changes form or meaning depending on its surroundings and conditions.
We did manage to get right down onto the riverbed but is was incredibly muddy and as I was trying to negotiate my way back I slipped and stepped ankle-deep into the mud! I then had to travel back on the underground with sludgy, smelly shoes, and thick mud on my trousers. The shoes went into the bin but it was worth it to get close up to such an incredible piece of artwork.
REQUEST: Please share this amazing artwork with others and do go along to see it if you get a chance during September.
COMING SOON: My next event.