The giant horse head sculptures that tower over Scotland

The giant horse head sculptures that tower over Scotland

The largest equine artworks in the world

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As the Chinese year of the horse is upon us, Scottish sculptor Andy Scott creates Scotland's newest landmark set to open in the spring

'The Kelpies' is an enormous art installation of two giant horse heads which took 8 years for artist Andy Scott to create. The 100-foot-tall sculptures were inspired by a Scottish legend - an old tale about a water spirit that takes shape of a horse, which the artist has captured and transformed into a beacon of national pride. 

The labour-intensive project is located in Scott's father's hometown of Falkirk, Scotland. He first created a 1:10 scale model of the horse heads to perfect the structures, before working on the two monumental metallic steel sculptures, each weighing over 330 tonnes.

"The original concept of mythical water horses was a valid starting point for the artistic development of the structures," said Scott about his latest artworks, "they stand as a testament to the achievements of the past, a paean to artisanship and engineering and a declaration of intent for the future of Scotland."

Take a look at the beautiful video below: