I’ve been dying to visit the Kelpies at The Helix ever since they were unveiled early last year so I was really pleased when we were able to squeeze in a trip on our last holiday home. Placed at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde canals, the 30-metre tall sculptures by Andy Scott pay monument to the horses who powered Scottish agriculture and industry for so many years.
Like it’s mythical namesake, the Kelpies have a shapeshifter like quality to them with the stainless steel cladding transforming with the sky or lighting up at night. I’d love to go back and see them on a bright sunny day, at dusk, for the lights at night… they are an endlessly fascinating addition to Scotland’s waterways. Have a look at more photos here.
Bow down your strong heads to taste the water,
Stretch up your long necks to face the sun.
– Jim Carruth
What do you think of the Kelpies? Let me know your favourite public sculptures around the UK – I love building lists of art I must see.