Kelpies, Forth and Clyde Canal, Scotland

by Andy Scott, 2013


These 30 metre high 300 tonne sculptures are located at the eastern end of the Forth and Clyde Canal where the new extension to the canal meets the river Carron and the M9 motorway. As the canal barges were initially horse-drawn, they are very appropriate to the setting.

These mythical equine sculptures are formed from 980 galvanised steel plates attached to a steel frame.  They form magnificent ‘gateway’ to the canal at its Eastern end. A time-lapse film of the construction can be viewed at the visitors’ centre. At night time  the sculptures are transformed by a combination of internal and external lighting

The designer Andy Scott is now well known for his large-scale public artwork. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art.

For more information and Andy’s website see




4. The Kelpies: Making the World’s Largest Equine Sculptures Hardcover – 17 Nov 2014
by Andy Scott