Underwater sculptures that rise out of the water at low tide are providing a temporary hazard to navigation on the Thames.

Jason deCaires Taylor’s four horsemen, close to Houses of Parliament, are political comment on impact of fossil fuels.

They aim 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.

Taylor’s public art projects also seek to encourage environmental awareness, instigate social change and develop an appreciation of the breath-taking natural beauty of the underwater world.

The Thames installation, entitled The Rising Tide, is concealed and revealed by the daily ebb and flow of the tide on the Vauxhall foreshore. It is fully visible for up to two hours either side of low tide.

The Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor

The Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor

The work, installed less than a mile from the Houses of Parliament, was commissioned as part of the Totally Thames festival and is the first of its kind to be installed in the river.

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A Port of London Notice to Mariners M49 of 2015 says contractors working on behalf of Thames Festival installed the temporary art display on the foreshore at Vauxhall on 1 September; this installation will remain in place until 2 October 2015.

A yellow special mark has been placed to the West of this installation to indicate its position as below in the attached chartlet:


Masters of vessels navigating in Nine Elms Reach are to pay particular attention to this installation and additional special mark and remain well clear.

Further details will be broadcast by London VTS on VHF Channel 14.