The Kelpies Falkirk Reviews
Impressive stainless steel modern sculpture Oct 22, 2015
Clearly visible from miles away on surrounding roads, the Kelpies – unveiled as recently as 2014 – are a pair of 30-metre high horse head sculptures in Denny, a region on the periphery of Falkirk in central Scotland. They can be found within an area known as the Helix, and stand proudly as the striking figureheads of this parkland project.
Conceived as a tribute to Scotland’s reliance on horsepower throughout its history, they rival other great outdoor sculptures such as England’s The Angel of the North in terms of scale, scope and visual impact. Assembled with stainless steel cladding that resembles meccano construction kits, the sculptures are impressive both from afar and close up, with the contrasting moods of the two horse heads – one is docile and tame, the other wild and restless – particularly striking.
The Kelpies have become such a Scottish landmark in short order that 1:10 scale maquettes can be found in not only other places in Scotland but in Chicago and New York in the USA too. The originals will, of course, remain the best, and the site itself promises to become even better when the nearby visitors centre is finally opened.
N.B. It's not free to go inside the horses heads...but, having had a glimpse through the gaps on the outside, I don't really think forking the money out is worth it. You can't climb up them!
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