Yesterday and today we had visitors from California - Pam and John - and we got to play tour guides. We love showing our friends around our new stomping grounds. Yesterday we visited Tantallon and Dirleton Castles, and today we went to Stirling Castle and The Kelpies.
The Kelpies name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. They represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The Kelpies are 30 metres high and weigh 300 tons each. They were modelled using two Clydesdales named Duke and Baron.
We were here last year, and I am still in awe of how the artist, Andy Scott, captured all the nuances of the horse in these huge sculptures. Every time you change your position you can see the care that was taken to get even the smallest curve correctly made. There is a very interesting time lapse video of the construction of the site - here.
It was, as is said here in Scotland, a dreich day (grey and windy and cool - but no rain!) so the photos I took today aren't especially vibrant, but it's the form that I like the best. I hope to visit at night someday when they are lit up - I've seen photos of this, and they are magnificent.