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Andy Scott: The Kelpies, Helix Project, Scotland

As part of the £41 million Helix Project in Scotland, two 30-metre high horses heads or Kelpies, the name for a mythical Scottish water horse, are being created by sculptor, Andy Scott. The Kelpies will be both sculpture and visitor centre. In addition a series of public artworks are planned as the Helix Project aims to transform a 300-hectare area of fallow land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a green space with cycle network, foot paths, a central park, woodland, and a lagoon and canal hub connecting with the Firth of Forth network. The project aims to establish a multi-functional outdoor space or Living Landmark for walking, running, cycling and sailing.

The Helix Project is being delivered by the Helix Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council, British Waterways Scotland and Central Scotland Forest Trust and has been part funded by a £25million lottery grant awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The project architects are Nicoll Russell Studios, based in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. The design competition and tender process was managed by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The Kelpie models are currently on temporary display at Edinburgh Airport, who are considering options for a sculpture on their welcome roundabout.

images: Andy Scott, The Kelpies © andy scott public art ltd. 2011. The Helix © Nicoll Russell Studios

Video on the construction of the Kelpies.




About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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