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The HELIX, Scotland : Kelpie Heads
Falkirk Council, British Waterways & Central Scotland Forest Trust
18 Apr 2014
Kelpie Sculptures Opening
Design: Andy Scott
At the first of two night-time events, artist Andy Scott’s 300-tonne, 30m high Kelpie horse heads were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display, reports BBC Scotland.
It was staged by Groupe F, a pyrotechnic outfit which lit up the Eiffel Tower at the Millennium.
The Kelpies, near Falkirk, officially open to the public on Monday, April 21st, 2014
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.
The massive steel sculptures are part of the Helix, a £43m redevelopment of about 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
They are being launched at a two-night arts event called HOME, which also celebrates the opening of the John Muir Way, a new national pathway stretching across the central belt.
27 Nov 2013
Kelpies construction work completed
The world’s largest pair of equine sculptures have been unveiled in Scotland at an official topping out ceremony.
The Kelpies are one of the UK’s tallest pieces of public art, towering 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk.
The giant sculptures each weigh more than 300 tonnes and have been placed either side of a specially constructed canal lock and basin as a tribute to the horse powered heritage of central Scotland.
The £5 million project was modelled on two Clydesdale horses and sculpted by Andy Scott as part of the £43 million Helix scheme to transform 350 hectares of industrial land.
Andy Scott said: “The title and theme of The Kelpies as mystical water-borne equine creatures was inherited at the outset of the project, seven years ago.
“Since then it has evolved dramatically and in the process the ethos and function has shifted from the original concept.
“Falkirk was my father’s home town and that inherited link to the town has been one of my driving inspirations.
“A sense of deep personal legacy has informed my thinking from the outset, with old family connections anchoring me to the project.”
Kelpie Heads Sculpture
Massive ‘Kelpie’ heads set to be built as The HELIX bid to The BIG Lottery Fund’s Living Landmark programme receives £25m of lottery funding.
The HELIX, a partnership made up of Falkirk Council, British Waterways and the Central Scotland Forest Trust, intend to transform the landscape between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving environmental community. The funding announcement has been received with great excitement by all those involved with the project, especially in light of the fact that it was the only Scottish proposal to receive a lottery grant of this kind.
The scheme will provide a unique outdoor sustainable environment with 300 hectares of new greenspace, 34km of paths, cycle ways, water features, and woodland featuring 750,000 newly planted trees.
Other work will include a canal link to reconnect the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Forth Estuary that will offer a new gateway to Scotland’s inland waterways, as well a public arts programme which will involve the creation of two 30 metre high “Kelpie” heads. Based on the mythical Scots creatures of the same name, the sculptures will work both functionally as a boat lift mechanism for the canal, as well as an attraction complimenting The HELIX site.
Work due to start on site in 2008 over 3 phases; major capital phase to complete by 2013.
‘The Kelpies’ Design Competition
picture : Graeme Gilmour
The Kelpies Design Competition
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has been commissioned by Falkirk Council to manage an important competition to select an architect-led, multi disciplinary, team. The competition is for the design of the internal space within a giant sculpture of a horse’s head. The structure will be set within one of two horses head sculptures, ‘The Kelpies’, by world renowned sculptor, Andy Scott. The competition also seeks the design of a complementary visitor hub on the same site. 9 Nov
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