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Kelpies project took eight years to create

Andy Scott (right), Edinburgh-based kiltmaker Howie Nicholsby and the American Scottish Foundations Camilla Hellman with the Kelpies' maquettes in Bryant Park, New York

Andy Scott (right), Edinburgh-based kiltmaker Howie Nicholsby and the American Scottish Foundations Camilla Hellman with the Kelpies' maquettes in Bryant Park, New York

 

Visitors to The Kelpies have all given them a massive vote of approval as the public tours were officially launched this week.

Everyone, that is, with the exception of The Guardian journalist who described them as a “pile of horse poo” and “big, bold and bland”.

Jonathan Jones may have screwed his nose up at Andy Scott’s iconic public art, but people from near and far have been queuing up to get into the Helix Park to see the giant equine sculptures up close for themselves.

The artist, currently in New York where he was helping pack up the 15-feet tall maquettes after their four week display, said he was “very humbled” that his work had been so well received.

Over 10,000 attended ‘Home’ last Thursday and Friday when The Kelpies were unveiled in a production that included music, colourful lighting and pyrotechnics.

The public thronged into the park again on Monday when the guided tours began – there will be 10 daily – with an opportunity to get inside the 30-metre tall horse’s heads.

There has been wall-to-wall media coverage of The Kelpies since the unveiling and on Tuesday evening they featured on BBC’s ‘One Show’ where presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones were full of enthusiam for the sculptures.

Legendary musician Rick Wakeman, who was appearing on the show, said: “It’s so lovely to see sculptures that actually look like something rather than something out of a scrapyard.”

He added that he hoped to see them when his tour comes to Glasgow next month. If he does, he will be one of 350,000 expected to visit The Kelpies in the next year.

In the coming months more attractions, including a huge children’s play area, will open up at the Helix.

 

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