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The Kelpies are two 30-meter sculptures depicting horse heads, included in the park project The Helix Project. The sculptures are the gate at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. They were built of structural steel with stainless steel cladding, each weighing 300 tons. Thanks to The Kelpies Tour, you can see them up close and learn their history. The tour takes about 30 minutes.
The sculptures were designed by artist Andy Scott and built in October 2013. Their name was chosen by the Scottish Canals at the beginning of The Helix project in 2005. The name Kelpies refers to mythological creatures that most often took on the appearance of water horses in Celtic folklore. They were to appear in Scottish lakes and rivers. They had the strength and endurance of 10 horses. The sculptures are therefore a monument in memory of the horses on which the economy of Falkirk and Scotland in general have been based for centuries.