World's largest pair of equine sculptures unveiled

The Kelpies tower 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk. Photo: PA Wire

The world's largest pair of equine sculptures have been unveiled in Scotland at an official topping out ceremony.

The statues, taller than the Angel of the North, have been officially completely next to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Grangemouth.

More than 300 tonnes of steel has been used to sculpt the busts, designed by Andy Scott. Debi Edwards reports.

The Kelpies are one of the UK's tallest pieces of public art, towering 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk.

Sculptor Andy Scott with Clydesdale horses Duke (left) and Baron as he unveils his sculpture The Kelpies. Credit: PA Wire

The title and theme of The Kelpies as mystical water-borne equine creatures was inherited at the outset of the project, seven years ago.

Since then it has evolved dramatically and in the process the ethos and function has shifted from the original concept.

Falkirk was my father’s home town and that inherited link to the town has been one of my driving inspirations.

A sense of deep personal legacy has informed my thinking from the outset, with old family connections anchoring me to the project.

– Andy Scott, Sculptor

The giant sculptures each weigh more than 300 tonnes and have been placed either side of a specially constructed canal lock and basin as a tribute to the horse powered heritage of central Scotland.

The giant sculptures each weigh more than 300 tonnes. Credit: PA Wire

The £5 million project was modelled on two Clydesdale horses and sculpted by Andy Scott as part of the £43 million Helix scheme to transform 350 hectares of industrial land.