In Falkirk, Scotland, 50 year old Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott‘s biggest ever project towers over Helix Park. The Kelpies is a pair of huge sculptures of two horses’ heads which took eight years, £5m, and 600 tonnes of steel to complete, and were finally ready earlier this year.
Much like Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North in Tyneside, The Kelpies are helping an otherwise largely ignored region to enjoy some attention from the public, and like Gormley’s piece can also be seen by those driving by on the motorway. The name of the piece was inspired by the mythical water horses said to reside in the waters of the country, and Scott likes to think of them as a symbol of modern Scotland.
We think you’ll agree the end result is pretty impressive. Take a look at the photos below to see more.