Have you seen the riverside horse sculptures?
If you happen to spot four riders on horseback appearing to be crossing the River Thames, don’t worry; your eyes are not deceiving you. The animals are in fact sculptures commissioned to highlight the role the river has played in shaping London’s history.
But tourists and art lovers wanting to catch a glimpse of the new installation will have to time their visit right. The four 3-metre tall working horses are concealed and revealed by the tide each day.
Approximate low tide times:
Fri 25 (7pm); Sat 26 (7.30am); Sun 27 (8.45am); Mon 28 (9.45am); Tue 29 (10.30am); Wed 30 (11.15am)
They are part of the Totally Thames arts festival and can be seen on the foreshore at Nine Elms on the South Bank. ‘The Rising Tide’ was designed by internationally renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, and will be in place between now and Wednesday, September 30.
Taylor has previously created a real life city of Atlantis, sunk a life-size sculpture of a Volkswagen Beetle and even a house. In 2006, the Dover, Kent, born artist founded and created the world’s first underwater sculpture park off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies. National Geographic now lists the area as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World. Three years later he created a museum with a collection of over 500 of his sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.
1 The Daily Mail September 2 2015 You’ve got neigh chance! Tourists wanting to see new riverside horse sculptures will need to go when they are not covered by the Thames tide http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3219367/Tourists-wanting-new-riverside-horse-sculptures-need-not-covered-Thames-tide.html#ixzz3mZd3qLZi