Marking High Tide was created as a visual terminus to Pacific Boulevard before it turns to the east through Concord Pacific Palce and past David Lam Park. It is at the water edge next to the Seawall Walk and becomes an interesting feature as the tide nears its high water mark. Visitors offten stop to watch as the tide comes in and meets one of the stepped concrete blocks. at the moment it crests over the block it creates a square ripple of water that quickly culmunates at the centre with a tiny splash
This sculpture was inspired by two Asian experinces. The first influence comes from many years many years ago when I visited the Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima, Japan. I was aware of the importance that was given to the Torii gate placed out in the bay and not on the land. In a subtle and minor way this structure does the same for this place. Like Torii at Miyajima the columns come out of the water at high tide and are no longer part of the land.
The second is from my experience with Chinese Gardens and appreciation for the natural rock as sculpture. Their gardens use the Tie Hue Rock which is from Tie Lake near Suchou in China. The granite rock in this piece is from this site and is the element of focus for the structure to invite us to look at it in it character and form and is there in hopes that we will in time learn to appreciate the beauty in our natural rock.
In homage to the tides I wrote a poem that wraps the inside of the curved beam at the top.
“As the moon circles the earth the oceans responds with the rythm of the tide.”