There is something very unsettling about Jason deClaires Taylor’s new underwater sculptures titled “The Rising Tide” in the River Thames, London. Two businessmen and two children sit on four houses and get revealed and swallowed up by the river everyday. The horses have petroleum pumps instead of heads.
Text by Tom Goldsmith
It is a clear warning of the future of our planet’s resources, who is to blame and who will ultimately suffer. Taylor states that “Currently our oceans are facing critical threats due to carbon dioxide and so I wanted to ask questions about fossil fuels and how this dependence can change”. Positioned in view of the Houses of Parliament it is very clear who Taylor believes we should be challenging.
Jason deClaires Taylor made his name as one an underwater artist, creating the world’s first underwater sculpture museum in Mexico. He has dedicated his career to addressing the threat of Climate change and the destructive nature of humans on the planet. His underwater art pieces are often set away from coral reefs to help protect them.
The installation is part of the Totally Thames festival that takes place over September and uses the river as a focus for a season of arts and culture events.