“We need to decide which way the human race is heading” reflects British eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor on his his piece “La Marea Creciente” (The Rising Tide) installed at the foot of the San José Castle, in Arrecife’s Naos bay. “It is an announcement,” he continues “a call to action on climate change and the consequences it will have either at the hands of businessmen or in the hands of our children, who are the future of this planet”.
The piece does more than this, however. The four men mounted on horses, whose heads resemble oil extraction machines are, at the same time, a reminder of “how small we are besides nature” We don’t control the waves, or the tide that submerges and discovers them. We are very weak compared to nature’s strength”.
Jason deCaires believes The Rising Tide to also be “an artistic welcome to Lanzarote”, since its strategic positioning in the Naos bay is visible to visitors and tourists that arrive on an island “that breathes art”.
DeCaires Taylor’s ensemble of sculptures are located in the intertidal zone, at the foot of the geological building sheltering the San José Castle, and enriching the artistic collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San José Castle.
As you may recall, The Rising Tide was the piece which the British sculptor contributed to the Totally Thames Festival in 2015. Invited by the London Mayor’s office who organized and sponsored the event, the objective was to promote and invigorate the artistic cultural lifestyle of the London capital along the 42 mile length of the river, together with the Arts Council England and the Port of London Authority.
Once the sculptures were installed in Vauxhall, opposite of the Tate Museum and the British Parliament, the moulds were returned to the island. Here, in his work studio, for the past few months deCaires Taylor has been working on the ensemble that can now be seen at the Naos Port.