A day in East Central Scotland, resulted in us visiting The Kelpies on a late sunny afternoon.
The story of the Kelpies started in 2006 when Scuplturer Andy Scott was commissioned by the British Waterways Board to design landmarks for the eastern end of the Forth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk. From very rough sketches provided as part of the design brief, Scott built the Kelpies Maquettes (Foals) as part of the design process. Between 2009 and 2012, affected by the recession, the design of the site, including the new lock on the canal, with the design of The Kelpies was refined.
Construction on site started in February 2013. The erection of The Kelpies began in June 2013 and took ninety days. The Kelpies are part of a larger complex called The Helix
Part of a poem by Jim Carruth is inscribed on a wall near The Kelpies
Although there is a temporary visitor centre, open to 5pm where guided tours can be taken, the site is open 24 hours a day and there is no change to visit, however the nearest car park has a charge during visitor centre opening hours. A purpose built Visitor Centre is under consruction, due for completion in Autumn 2015.
There are other Andy Scott Sculptures across Central Scotland, including Arria adjacent to the M80 at Cumbernauld and The Bridge at the Clackmannanshire Bridge.
A 2010 work is erected at the shops in Greenlaw Village, Newton Mearns.