Saturday, September 26th 2015
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has been commissioned to create a work of public sculpture to ‘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’ (quoted from the Totally Thames Website). We thought we would go and take a look as the sculpture, entitled The Rising Tide, which will be on show during the month of September.
When planning to go to see it, one must take the tides into consideration. This is because the work is completely covered by water twice a day and fully visible twice a day around low tide.
The sculpture is located on the foreshore adjacent to Camelford House at 87-90 Albert Embankment , SE1 7TW (see map). Notices warn you that it is dangerous to walk on the foreshore and that one should view the sculpture from the walkway. If you ignore this and approach the sculpture you do so at your own risk, a risk that we and lots of other people were willing to take.
It was heartening to see so many people, including parents with children, viewing the sculpture and enjoying it. On the other hand, that made it harder to obtain unobstructed views to photograph!1 Below is a selection of my pictures.
The fact that the horses have pumpjacks, aka ‘nodding donkeys’, for heads suggests that there is more to the meaning of this sculpture than the rather bland official description. The first impression one gains on seeing the group is that it is modelled in a naturalistic style. Then the transformed heads of the horses come as a shock – no doubt as the sculptor intended.
1People who, like us, take photographs in the streets and other public places have to learn to be patient and to develop quick reflexes to capture a desired view when it becomes momentarily available. Even then, what with traffic, street furniture and unhelpful bystanders, you cannot always get the shot that you want.