Posted in Daytripping, Falkirk

The Kelpies

Two giant steel horses dominate the landscape between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

Unveiled earlier this year, The Kelpies at The Helix were designed by local artist Andy Scott to celebrate the heavy horses that once powered the economy of Scotland’s central belt:

“During the conceptual stages, I visualised the Kelpies as monuments to the horse and a paean to the lost industries of the Falkirk area and of Scotland. The original concept of mythical water horses was a valid starting point for the artistic development of the structures, but from the original sketches of 2006 I deliberately styled the sculptures as heavy horses. In early proposal documents I referred to Clydesdales, Shires and Percherons, of the fabled equus magnus of the northern countries. I wrote of working horses. Of their role in the progress of modern society, as the powerhouses of the early industrial revolution, the tractors of early agriculture and of course, the first source of locomotion for barges on the Forth & Clyde canal, which The Kelpies now inhabit.”

They are utterly beautiful.

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Prone to magpie tendencies, I enjoy nothing more than musing – in pictures and in words – on a few of my favourite things.

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