The Rising Tide – High Tide

P1050470We took a second trip to Vauxhall on Wednesday to see this incredible underwater sculpture installation on the River Thames called The Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor. 

It was part of the Thames Fesitval that was held in September and sadly Wednesday was the last day.

“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.”

The first time we visited was low tide so we were able to get right down onto the riverbank and take some great close up shots. This time, it was the final day so our last chance to see this amazing art installation – we had to time it perfectly. We arrived at 2.30 and the tide was coming in – so great photo opportunities. We then went and had a cuppa and some delish cakes (chocolate, pear and beetroot for Alan; lime, courgette and ginger for me) at The Garden Museum Cafe at Lambeth. This is a lovely little museum in the old church building of St. Mary At Lambeth. They have interesting events and exhibitions on a regular basis and you can sample the delights of the cafe anytime for free. I can definitely recommend a visit to all you gardeners out there. I even ended up buying the Cake Recipe Book!

After our refreshments we returned to Vauxhall Embankment by which time the tide had risen significantly. We stayed for 40 minutes until high tide, so we got to see the sculptures at every stage of immersion. When we left at full high tide, there was not sign at all of the horses!  What an amazing idea for an art installation, I wonder where it will go next?

REQUEST:  I am going to the BAMM Conference (British Association of Modern Mosaics) this weekend so if you are going, do come and say ‘hello’.

COMING SOON:  The Marple Collection Exhibition – 17th & 18th October

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