Two brand new Black Prince Narrowboats (‘Yasmin’ and ‘Sarah’) will be chugging their way up to their Scottish base in Falkirk shortly to be ready for the 2013 season starting in March. At the same time, individual steel sections for two huge equine sculptures set to transform the Falkirk skyline are arriving at a local depot.
Known as The Kelpies, this pair of 300 tonne steel-plated horse’s heads will become a centrepiece of the Helix, a major land transformation project between Falkirk and Grangemouth currently under construction. The huge structures, standing 30 metres tall, will be assembled on the Helix site throughout the summer of 2013.
The Kelpies are the creation of Glasgow-based sculptor, Andy Scott. Andy’s inspiration was the working horse as a powerhouse of the early industrial revolution, in particular as the first source of locomotion for barges on the very canal which The Kelpies will soon inhabit.
If you wanted a close up view of The Kelpies under construction, you can travel from the Falkirk Wheel, on the Forth & Clyde canal, on a Black Prince Narrowboat. The Kelpies will be sited at a new lock being built near lock 2 on the Forth & Clyde, so there is a trip of some 2 and a half hours down through the 14 locks to arrive at the Helix site.
On the way a variety of restaurants and pubs are passed, and at the sea lock basin it is a quiet and interesting place to stay overnight with good moorings.
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