Construction has been completed on an impressive pair of 30-metre tall equine sculptures near Falkirk. They are The Kelpies, designed by Glasgow artist Andy Scott and built using 600 tonnes of steel.
The two horse heads are visible from the M9 motorway, but will not be formally opened to the public until Spring next year. Shortly afterwards, in April 2014, a dedicated visitor centre will open to turn the Kelpies into Scotland’s newest tourist attraction.
The construction of the sculptures was part of the development of the Helix at Falkirk, an ongoing £43 million project to transform disused industrial land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into award-wining public space.
Falkirk councillor Adrian Mahoney says the “absolutely stunning” sculptures will be a “key part” of the Helix’s attraction. He also said experts have predicted “hundreds of thousands of visitors annually” at the redeveloped site.
The Kelpies are situated next to what will be a canal extension reconnecting the Forth & Clyde Canal with the River Forth. Artist Scott says that “as a canal structure they will partner the iconic Falkirk Wheel, and echo its grandeur”.
“They will stand testament to the achievements of the past, a tribute to artisanship and engineering and a proud declaration of intent for the future of Scotland.”