This Four Horsemen Sculpture Disappears with the Rising Tide

By: David Ingram - Sep 14, 2015
References: underwatersculpture & mymodernmet
These life-sized 11-foot tall sculptures represent the four horsemen of the industrial apocalypse, and offer a symbolic critique of the modern world's impact on the environment.

Created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, these sculptures titled 'The Rising Tide' are located on the banks of the famous Thames River, and throughout the day each piece becomes slowly submerged with the changing tide.

Besides the rising tides representing the rapidly changing climate of our world, each horse's head has been replaced with an oil pump to critique civilization's relationship with fossil fuel resources. The four horsemen themselves consist of two business men, with their eyes closed to the ever-rising tide, and two children representing the next generation forced to live with the consequences of industrial overconsumption.