The Kelpies: Two giant horse head sculptures unveiled in Scotland
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The Kelpies: Two giant horse head sculptures unveiled in Scotland

August 10, 2019


Two giant statues, named the Kelpies, have
been unveiled on the bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. The pair of horse
heads have become the world’s largest equine sculptures – standing 30 metres tall and weighing
300 tonnes. The project began in this studio in Glasgow
seven years ago, when sculptor Andy Scott created these smaller models designed as a
tribute to the horse powered heritage of Scotland. The Kelpies are a mythological Scottish sea
horse, a beast who inhabits the dark waters of the Scottish Lochs. It was an interesting
standpoint for the project, but for me going on from the title of Kelpies, the project’s
become much more to do with the history of the horses, the social history of the horses.
Heavy horses, and how they would have been used obviously drawing the canal barges along
the canals, but also in all the other industries around the area. You know, all the agriculture
and the fields around would have had horses, so for me it’s that interesting celebration
of the legacy of the horses. Years later, a 5 million pound project has
seen these designs transformed into public art that will now dominate the horizon. The
site will open to the public in the summer of 2014 after work is completed on visitor and parking facilities.

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  1. They're beautiful n' all but 5million pounds just for a pair of horse heads (probably tax payers money too) that much money could've started a business for people to have jobs at or built housing.

  2. And come 2014 after the referrendum on whether or not Scotland becomes wholly independent & each Scott has to shell out £1000 per year in taxes if the vote is 'Yes' I wonder how proud they'll be then about this un-necessary 'sculpture'.

  3. As a Canadian horse admirer, I'd go to Scotland just to see those, among other things. Also to see my namesake lands. The CBC debated the value of public art, a few weeks ago. The 2 sides inevitably are "money could be better spent" and "the money was spent well: tourism, cultural value, beauty, talking points". But then the question of what "beauty" is, surfaces. Should public art be beautiful? These Kelpies are beautiful, so there's no worries there. But what if others disagree? And on the debate goes…

  4. Beautiful work. I love the elements that make up the surface of the skins, almost like digital camo. Well done.

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