Proposals for large statues come and go - often they seem slightly incredulous and it can be hard to tell that which is likely to get off the ground from that which never will as most fail to ever get off the drawing board. The most recent of these monumental sculptures to begin construction work is the Kelpies, a couple of huge stainless steel horse heads.
Based around the legendary horses of Scottish folklore, the two thirty metre tall heads are part of of the Helix Project, a regeneration programme to try and transform the Forth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk.
They are designed by Andy Scott and will be constructed out of stainless steel. Originally intended to be 35 metres in height the prancing heads will now be 26.5 metres and 30 metres each. They will stand on opposing ends of a lock that has the M9 motorway go past it - a conscious effort to ground the sculptures next to a major travel artery in the same way Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North has been.
The sculptures will have 30 metre and 35 metre deep piled foundations with 990 skin plates between them set over structural steel frames with a total of 10,000 connections to the frames. Slight gaps are designed between the plates allowing the sculptures to be internally illuminated at night.
With most of the work at ground level already done, construction on what remains should be brief with the sculptures assembled on site by mid-August adding another attraction to the locality that already has the famous Falkirk Wheel.
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