The world’s largest pair of equine sculptures have been completed and are proudly on display at the Forth and Clyde Canal in Falkirk, Scotland.
The magificent 30m tall ‘Kelpies’ form a dramatic centre piece to The Helix – a £43 million development project, that aims to attract 350,000 visitors a year when it opens in 2014.
The horses, which pay homage to the working horses of Scotland, were first sketched by Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott nearly eight years ago.
“To see them completed here today is both humbling and fantastic,” said Andy. “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.”
The Helix development has received a £25 million award from the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks programme. According to Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland director, the construction of the Kelpies as well as the development of the Helix site has changed Falkirk’s landscape forever.
“This is the single biggest investment the Big Lottery Fund has made in Scotland and we are confident that this living landmark will be truly transformational,” she said.