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This extraordinary artwork is "The Kelpies", the World's largest pair of equine sculptures, together standing 30 metres tall and weighing 300 tonnes. They are situated on an extension of the eastern part of the Forth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk in a newly formed park called the "Helix". The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013 as a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland. "The Kelpies" represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

These gigantic sculptures consist of a steel framework upon which are fixed multiple plates of stainless steel. Although on-site construction in 2013 only took around 5 months, the steel frame and cladding panels were several years in the making.

Interestingly, "Kelpie", or "water kelpie", is the Scots name given to a mythical shape-shifting and demonic water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse, but is supposedly able to adopt human form.

And it was actually two retired Clydesdale heavy horses whom Andy Scott used as models in the design of this sculpture: the horses, Duke and Baron, resided at Glasgow's Pollok Country Park and are now immortalised in this artwork - Baron being the "head up" Kelpie and Duke the "head down" one. Sadly, Baron died in 2017.

If you click on "Map: view" you can use Google's "little yellow man" to explore the Helix site and the Kelpies.

A couple more pictures in the workshop here and here.

These pictures, incidentally, were taken during a very short but delightful "micro" TE meeting when my wife and I met up with Bev (Royaldevon) and Len Robinson (lennoland) during their most recent tour of southern Scotland earlier this month.

ISO 100, 1/320 sec at f/8, focal length 30mm.

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