The Kelpies tower a colossal 30 metres above the Forth &
Clyde canal and form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on
the East Coast of Scotland. Sculpted by Andy Scott, The Kelpies are
a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.
Keep up with The Kelpies as they settle in to their new
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Construction of The Kelpies began on the 17th June 2013 at The Helix. Rising
out of the ground in a feat of remarkable engineering ingenuity,
The Kelpies construction was a stunning process to observe. From week to week
progress was awesome, and we have tracked, captured and shared that
progress on our social media networks and here on the Helix
Website. Follow this process as this
stunning artwork settles into it's new home.
The Helix is a
350ha park built on land between Falkirk & Grangemouth. Built
as a Living Landmark, The Helix connects 16 communities across the
The Kelpies are the central piece of Helix
Art and are the symbol of a transformed, enduring
Each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one
weighs over 300 tonnes. They are constructed of structural steel
with a stainless steel outer skin.
This stainless steel skin reflects the light of the day, and the
night, and makes for an amazing sight in all weather - the
selection of photos above gives you a taste of this
The two massive horses' heads are positioned either side of a
specially constructed canal lock and basin - part of The Kelpies
Hub, which will open from Spring 2014.
The sculptor's 1:10 scale models, known as maquettes, have been
displayed locally and across Scotland at events and locations as
diverse as Edinburgh International Airport, the Field
Museum in Grant Park, Chicago, The Falkirk Wheel, Expo 2011
(Aberdeen), Expo 2012 (Edinburgh) and Expo 2013 (Glasgow), BBC
Scotland Headquarters, Glasgow and Sheffield International Steel
Celebration. They are touring Scotland and America simultaneously,
with recent locations including Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Purdue University,
Illinois, and most recently Bryant Park, NYC.
Sculptor Andy Scott created the famous Heavy Horse
sculpture on the M8 in Glasgow, and has created public art at home
Follow the news as these gargantuan horse
sculptures gradually take shape.
Caledonia TV has been following Andy Scott's every move as the
Kelpies progress towards construction. The final results will be
televised once the Kelpies have been completed. Early footage can
be seen on Caledonia TV's website.