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article imageThe Kelpies sculpture in Scotland close to completion

By Amanda Payne     Apr 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Falkirk - An incredible monument to the use of horse power in Scotland's past is nearing completion on the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk.
The Kelpies are two giant horse heads, rising thirty metres into the sky and visible for miles around. They were created by sculptor Andy Scott and are made of steel with a skin of stainless steel.
Two actual horses called Duke and Barron were the models for the sculpture. They are Clydesdale horses which were used as draught horses in the past, pulling heavy wagons, hauling coal in the Lanarkshire area of Scotland and for agricultural purposes. American readers will be very familiar with the breed as the Budweiser horses are all Clydesdales.
The enormous and beautiful sculptures will be officially unveiled on April 17 with a sound, light and flame show. They form part of an attraction known as The Helix Park, a community project with green spaces, wildlife habitats and leisure activities.The Kelpies are to be lit up at night, adding to their visibility
A time-lapse video has been created of the construction of the Kelpies which will be shown during Tartan Week in New York.
In Celtic mythology, a kelpie is a creature that lives in the lochs and rivers of Scotland. It appears to humans as a beautiful horse which then encourages the human to climb on its back. As soon as the human does so, the horse's back becomes sticky and the kelpie carries its victim into the water where it will then kill and eat him or her. Kelpies are also said to be able to cause floods so as to capture more victims.
The steel Kelpies however will capture humans in an entirely different way, leading people to stand and stare in wonder at their beauty and marvel at their construction.
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