The Kelpies: Two giant horse head sculptures unveiled in Scotland
Two giant statues, named the Kelpies, have
been unveiled on the bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. The pair of horse
heads have become the world’s largest equine sculptures – standing 30 metres tall and weighing
300 tonnes. The project began in this studio in Glasgow
seven years ago, when sculptor Andy Scott created these smaller models designed as a
tribute to the horse powered heritage of Scotland. The Kelpies are a mythological Scottish sea
horse, a beast who inhabits the dark waters of the Scottish Lochs. It was an interesting
standpoint for the project, but for me going on from the title of Kelpies, the project’s
become much more to do with the history of the horses, the social history of the horses.
Heavy horses, and how they would have been used obviously drawing the canal barges along
the canals, but also in all the other industries around the area. You know, all the agriculture
and the fields around would have had horses, so for me it’s that interesting celebration
of the legacy of the horses. Years later, a 5 million pound project has
seen these designs transformed into public art that will now dominate the horizon. The
site will open to the public in the summer of 2014 after work is completed on visitor and parking facilities.