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Creating The Kelpies

The Kelpies tower a colossal 30 metres above the Forth & Clyde canal and form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland. Sculpted by Andy Scott, The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.

Construction of The Kelpies began on the 17th June 2013 at The Helix. Rising out of the ground in a feat of remarkable engineering ingenuity, The Kelpies construction was a stunning process to observe. From week to week progress was awesome, and we have tracked, captured and shared that progress on our social media networks and here on the Helix Website. Follow this process as this stunning artwork settles into it's new home.

The Kelpies are the central piece of Helix Art and are the symbol of a transformed, enduring new greenspace.

The Kelpies

Each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes. They are constructed of structural steel with a stainless steel outer skin.

This stainless steel skin reflects the light of the day, and the night, and makes for an amazing sight in all weather - the selection of photos above gives you a taste of this transformational effect.

The two massive horses' heads are positioned either side of a specially constructed canal lock and basin - part of The Kelpies Hub.

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