Full Sized Conference Kelpies Unveiled
29 Nov 2013
Andy Scott's full sized Kelpies have been unveiled and stand at 30m high, as opposed to his Kelpies on display at the Harry Brearley Stainless Steel Conference which were a mere 3m!
The huge horse heads are made of 600 tonnes of steel and can be seen from the M9 motorway.
They are part of a £43m redevelopment of about 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth, known as the Helix Project.
It is hoped the site will attract thousands of tourists to the area and boost the local economy.
Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the structures, which include 10,000 special fixings, to secure the stainless steel skin of the two horse heads to the steel framework.
They were inspired by the tradition of working horses in Scotland which once pulled barges along canals and worked in the fields where The Kelpies now stand.
The sculptor said: "It is almost eight years since I did the first sketches on the kitchen table of my then girlfriend - now wife's - kitchen table 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."