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. Summer 2013 saw The Kelpies begin to take shape at The Helix. Rising out of the ground in a feat of remarkable engineering ingenuity, The Kelpies construction has been a stunning process to observe. From week to week progress has been amazing, and we have been tracking, capturing and sharing that progress with you on our social media networks and here on the Helix Website. Follow their progress as this stunning artwork settles into it’s new home.
The Kelpies, Head of two Horses in Forth & Clyde canal and form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland.
The Helix is a 350ha park built on land between Falkirk & Grangemouth. Built as a Living Landmark, The Helix connects 16 communities across the Falkirk Area. The Kelpies are the central piece of Helix Art and are the symbol of a transformed, enduring new greenspace.
The Kelpies ? Each of The Kelpies will stand up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes. The two massive horses’ heads are positioned either side of a specially constructed canal lock and basin – part of The Kelpies Hub.
The Maquettes ? 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.