Eless were pleased to be appointed to Project Manage the Decommissioning of “The Rising Tide Sculpture” by Jason deCaires Taylor from the River Thames foreshore at Vauxhall which was installed a month ago for the Totally Thames Festival 2015.
Decommissioning of a unique sculpture from the River Thames by a world renowned artist had some unique challenges that Eless worked through to ensure the four horses were removed from the River Thames safely, intact and within the required timescales.
The decommissioning involved ensuring the required equipment was available in the correct location to extract the sculptures from the River Thames during the short Low-Tide Period. Using machinery to dig the sculptures out of the base of the River to uncover the lifting points, and then safely craning onto a barge and then waiting for high tide to move them to a safe area to extract onto vehicles to take them on-wards. This process demonstrated Eless’s ability to plan and project manage a unique project.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
The first London commission of world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, The Rising Tide, is concealed and revealed by the daily ebb and flow of the tide on the Vauxhall foreshore. These four proud horses and their riders 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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. Taylor is also an award winning underwater photographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his evolving sculptures.
In 2006, Taylor founded and created the world’s first underwater sculpture park, situated off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies it is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. In 2009 he co-founded MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a monumental museum with a collection of over 500 of his sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.
Taylor’s pioneering public art projects are not only examples of successful marine conservation but works of art that seek to encourage environmental awareness, instigate social change and develop an appreciation of the breath-taking natural beauty of the underwater world.