Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott has a gift for creating public art. Over the last eight years his professional life has bordered on a larger-than-life obsession with horses. Horse head sculptures: the Kelpies is a 100 foot tall (30 meter) high horses’ head sculptures on display at the Fourth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk on central Scotland. The horse heads are composed of 300 tons of steel.
Originally planned to play a role in the canal lock mechanism, the Kelpies are now a free-standing equine art sculpture in Falkirk’s Helix Park. These massive horse heads are the largest public artworks in all of Scotland.
The Kelpies are located within The Helix park, Falkirk, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. While there are no public stables located within The Helix, privately owned horses are welcome in the park for horse riding holidays.
Plan to visit The Kelpies at night when colored lights bring the equine sculptures to life.
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The Kelpies in Scotland
Article by Nancy D. Brown. Top photo by Nisbet Wylie Photographs, Kelpies at night photo by Brian Ferguson via Twitter. Bottom photo courtesy The Kelpies Google+ page.