An icon is born: Scotland’s new outdoor sculpture, The Kelpies

By | Apr 20, 2014

The Kelpies tower a colossal 30 metres sculpture above the Forth & Clyde canal is a source of amazement and delight to locals and visitors to Scotland.

Each of The Kelpies weighs over 300 tonnes. The materials of the sculptures are deliberately those of Scotland’s former industrial heartland, steel construction on an architectural scale. This stainless steel skin reflects the light of the day, and the night, and makes for an amazing sight in all weather.

Horses are the embodiment of the industrial history of Scotland and the Falkirk / Grangemouth area.  Heavy horses would once have been the powerhouse of the area, working in the foundries, the fields, farms and of course the canal itself, pulling boats along the Forth & Clyde from coast to coast.

The sculptures are a testament to the achievements of the past, a paean to artisanship and engineering and a declaration of intent for the future of Scotland.

If you have not had the chance to see them, you must go, they are truly magnificent and pictures do not do them justice!

 

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