Following more than 6 years of international globe “trotting” taking in visits to New York, Chicago, Milan and London. The original 1:10 scale maquettes designed by sculptor Andy Scott returned to the Helix Park, Home of the Kelpies and for the first time met the full size 30m high sculptures on site.
During their world tour the maquettes sparked international recognition with in excess of 1 million visitors from around the globe coming to see them on their travels. They always spark interest wherever they go. It is very fitting that the Maquettes have returned to this site during the Year of Coasts & Waters celebrations
Ben Mardall, Team Leader said “The Helix team are thrilled to be hosting the maquettes at the Helix, the home of the Kelpies. This completes the story and phase one of the Helix journey, from the original inspiration, to the successful completion of this amazing ambitious project.
Later this year will be see our 5 millionth visitor which goes to demonstrate the wonderful impact the Helix Project has brought to the Falkirk region for the local communities and visitors.
The world’s largest equine sculptures were completed in October 2013 and form a gateway at the eastern entrance of the Forth and Clyde canal, creating a stunning monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.
Large-scale Helix events such as the 2-day Fire and Light festival attract huge audiences from all over Scotland and beyond. The next major event, Canal Festival Time Machine, an outdoor festival in partnership with Scottish Canals, takes place on Sat 24 May starting at the Kelpies, just before the maquettes depart on Sun 25 May. Some 15,000 people are expected to attend.
The Helix Park has also hosted events such as the Supernova 5k Run, Parkinson’s UK Walk, Falkirk Science Festival:STEM and Bliss Scotland Little Heroes Walk.
Whether you have visited the Kelpies or not, we encourage you to come along to be able to appreciate the full scale of the Kelpies and the inspirational vision that lies at the heart of the Helix, home of the Kelpies.
The Helix guides have embedded the story of the maquettes into their 30 minute guided tour, which is the only way visitors can actually go inside the Kelpies..
The maquettes were sculpted from steel then galvanized in a hot dip process, and welded by hand. For the duration of their visit, the maquettes will be located outside the Visitor Centre at the Helix.