During September, passersby the banks of the River Thames in London may get more than they bargained depending on the river’s tide. World-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has installed his first London commission, The Rising Tide, which sees four proud horses and their riders concealed and revealed by the daily ebb and flow of the tide on the Vauxhall foreshore.

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Commissioned by the Totally Thames Festival, the tidal installation sees each of the horses with a different rider, either a suited male or a young teenager, highlighting 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.

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The sculptures carry a dual motive in the concepts they communicate, both offering a disturbing metaphor for rising sea levels and proposing hope. The figures dressed in suits also aim to illustrate the attitude of ambivalence towards our current climate crisis, while the young riders represent hope in effecting change.

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