The Rising Tide – a powerful message

Last week I was walking along South Bank London towards Vauxhall Bridge when I came across a wonderful sculptural installation – set on the banks of the River Thames.

Entitled ‘The Rising Tide’, by eco-sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, the installation features four proud working horses and their riders, which is concealed and revealed by each day’s tide.

This was how it appeared when I came across it at 6.30 p.m. on Friday 25th September.


This is how it appears when nearly submerged.      \When submerged the installation is a strong reminder of the fragility of human beings against the power of Mother Nature.

rising tide 1

The horses have petroleum pumps in place of their heads and the installation consists of four figures – two business men and two small children.      The businessmen represent a position of power, whilst the two children depict future generations who will live with the consequences of greed and over consumption.

I was making my way to one of the tall buildings at the north end of Vauxhall Bridge.


I took this picture from the top floor of that buildingP1170793

I would love to see it as a permanent installation however, I believe it was only there for the month of September.

A Bientôt

20 thoughts on “The Rising Tide – a powerful message

  1. Evelyn Christy

    I feel a tremendous emotional response to this artist. Very powerful and I can see why it would need to be a temporary viewing. I do however wish it had a larger “One-time” audience. Thank you for letting me see this.

  2. Tish Farrell

    How very wonderful. And to think the current government thinks the arts a waste of money, when they can bring so much real nourishment to people’s lives – making them think and feel and speak in ways they might not usually do. Lovely post, Janet. And yes, permanent creations would be just the thing.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      As I said in a previous comment…even more powerful because down river is Westminster….and London today has become a city fuelled with greed. What’s happening is simply not sustainable…something has to give…..Thank you so much for the comment…Janet. xx

  3. snowbird

    How haunting seeing them submerged, it brings Antony Gormley’s Iron men to mind, they always have a similar effect on me…I do hope you get to keep the installation!xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I agree…this very much brought to mind Gormley’s Iron men – which I do hope to see one day when I visit you:) Such a powerful message particularly with Westminster on the background, and in a city which frankly has gone of the scale when it comes to greed and madness!:)xxx


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.