The Rising Tide

Rising Tide Exhibition, Thames Vauxhall

I’d been wanting to see the Rising Tide exhibition on the riverbank close to Vauxhall for a while, and on Sunday I took advantage of the lovely weather (where did that go, btw??) to witness Jason deCaires Taylor’s impressive sculptures. The horses and their riders are concealed and revealed by the rising and falling tide each day, and there is something peculiarly arresting about their placid, imposing forms looking out expressionlessly across the water that repeatedly engulfs them.

The horses have petroleum pumps instead of noses, supposedly as a comment from the artist on the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Four figures sit astride the horses: two businessmen, who represent power over resources and two children, who offer a foreshadowing of future generations that will have to live with the consequences of over consumption. All, however, are united in their powerlessness against the ebb and flow of nature. There’s no doubt that these sculptures are very arresting, and I urge you to go to see them whilst you still have the chance (they’re removed on 30th September).

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On a practical note, if you do go view them, then make sure to bring along some wellies or other sensible shoes as it gets incredibly muddy! I was lucky we had a pair of boots in the car, otherwise I would have definitely ruined my shoes. Also, make sure to check the tide times in this article to better plan your visit.

Have you seen the Rising Tide sculptures? What did you think of them?

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