Construction complete on Lottery funded Kelpies

Scotland has a major new cultural landmark, in the shape of the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures, as construction on the £5 million The Kelpies structures was completed earlier this week in Falkirk.

The completion of The Kelpies marks a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which is transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth, and is funded via a partnership between The Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals. The Big Lottery Fund contributed £25 million to the development of the project.

Standing 30 metres (100ft) tall, they pay homage to the tradition of the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland’s canals and worked in the fields in the area where they now stand.

They also stand either side of a new canal extension which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the North Sea and are the result of a unique collaboration between the partners and Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott, which has been seven years in the making.

You can read more about the event on our Storify page.

One comment

  1. They are absolutely fantastic!!!!! I drive past them most days and they give me a strong sense of Scottish pride each time I pass them. The location is just right bringing art to what was a very bleak industrial landscape – with the irony being they represent industrial horses.
    I am also really looking forward to going to Helix park with my family when it opens.
    Thanks for funding the project, it is a world class piece of art and project well worth the investment.

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