This artwork is currently undergoing annual maintenance and is unavailable until June 2019.
Tied to Tide is a kinetic sculpture that translates the eternal return of the tides as well as the more unpredictable wave wash and wind chop of Sydney Harbour into movement.
Red ladders respond to the wind, and counter-balanced hardwood beams are connected to a float that transmits the water’s movements along their length.
The tides lower and raise the beams, hovering close and almost parallel to the water’s surface at high tide and angling high above the receding watermark at low tide.
In calm conditions, the beams bob gently, when it is choppy their action is more staccato.