Scotland’s Huge Kelpies Sculpture Complete
Scotland’s £5million horse’s head sculpture is set to open to the public this weekend
The two monuments – named ‘The Kelpies’ after Scotland’s mythical Loch-inhabiting water horses – are part of a £41 million revamp of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
Called the Helix Project, the 350,000m² programme – backed by the Helix Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council – features a lagoon, woodland areas, public artworks, footpaths and a cycle network.
Standing 30m-tall the horse’s heads, designed by Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott, ‘pay homage to the working horses of Scotland’.
Scott, commented: ‘It is almost eight years since I did the first sketches of the project on the table of my then girlfriend and now wife’s kitchen in Amsterdam, so to see them completed is both humbling and fantastic.’
‘I have always been fascinated with horses and the heavy horse was at one time the driving force in industry until after the Industrial revolution. There is an ancient and almost primal link between man and horse and The Kelpies you see here today are an outstanding exemplar of art and engineering coming together to deliver something really special for the people of Falkirk and Scotland.’
Tim Burton, of Yorkshire-based SH Structures, which was responsible for the construction, added: ‘The delivery of this project has involved a mixture of traditional skills, technical innovation and the most up to date 3D modelling techniques. As well as being a stunning piece of public art it is also a fabulous piece of engineering.’
Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studio’s competition-winning £1million visitor centre, which is located inside one of the horse’s heads, is due to complete later in the year.