The Rising Tide Installation at the Thames Questions Use of Fossil Fuels

Posted September 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm in Art, News

Thames SculptureSS4The Rising Tide  installation by Jason deCaires Taylor in situ in the Thames

QUESTIONING our future relationship with fossil fuels, The Rising Tide is an installation of 3.3m-tall sculptures which are concealed and revealed by the tide of the Thames on the South Bank, London and is part of the Totally Thames festival taking place this month.

Created by Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist who is passionately committed to reversing the depredation of coral reef environments, these sculptures depict overweight businessmen saddled on two horses representing mankind’s abuse of their power over these natural resources. Their counterpart sculptures are two small children who symbolise future generations that will live with the consequences of overconsumption.

Thames SculptureSS3One of the sculptures from The Rising Tide  installation by Jason deCaires Taylor

The sculptures are concealed and revealed by the ebb and flow of The Thames and is free to view from the riverside walkway for up to two hours either side of low tide. They will be in place throughout this month and their total footprint is 3 x 4m.

Thames SculptureSS2The Rising Tide  installation almost engulfed by  the Thames

As well as this, Jason deCaires Taylor has created two internationally acclaimed underwater installations off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies and near Cancun in Mexico that are widely acclaimed for their positive benefits to the adjacent coral reefs. DeCaires Taylor is committed to “reversing the depredation of coral reef environments and has created two internationally acclaimed underwater installations off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies and near Cancun in Mexico that are widely acclaimed for their positive benefits to the adjacent coral reefs.”

by Caroline Simpson
Totally Thames 2015 brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events.

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The Rising Tide is a commission for Totally Thames 2015. The project is supported by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, Vauxhall One and LuminarPrime8.
Approximate low tide times: Tue 1 (11.45am); Wed 2 (12.30pm); Thur 3 (1pm); Fri 4 (1.30pm); Sat 5 (2pm); Sun 6 (2.45pm); Mon 7 (3.45pm); Tue 8 (5pm); Wed 9 (6.45pm); Thur 10 (8pm); Fri 11 (8.15am); Sat 12 (9am); Sun 13 (9.45am); Mon 14 (10.15am); Tue 15 (11am); Wed 16 (11.15am); Thur 17 (11.45am); Fri 18 (12.15pm); Sat 19 (12.45pm); Sun 20 (1.15pm); Mon 21 (1.30pm); Tue 22 (2.15pm); Wed 23 (3.30pm); Thur 24 (5.45pm); Fri 25 (7pm); Sat 26 (7.30am); Sun 27 (8.45am); Mon 28 (9.45am); Tue 29 (10.30am); Wed 30 (11.15am)

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