Perth given a sneak preview of Kelpies statues

September 17 2013, 2.11pm
Gabriel Moon takes a closer look at the models outside Perth Concert Hall.
Gabriel Moon takes a closer look at the models outside Perth Concert Hall.

Scots are being offered a tantalising glimpse of two staggering sculptures that will help transform the landscape of central Scotland.

The Kelpies are the creation of world-renowned artist Andy Scott and will form part of the £43 million Helix land transformation project between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

A pair of three metre-tall models of the horses’ heads went on display in Perth’s Horsecross Plaza, where they caused quite a stir.

Impressive works in their own right, the sculptures are, however, just a taster for the real things, which are already taking shape in Falkirk.

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It is thought the Kelpies and the wider Helix development will help attract in excess of 350,000 visitors a year to the Falkirk area.

It will feature a lagoon, wetland, forest, event space, more than 27 kilometres of paths, as well as a host of public artworks.


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