Kelpies make an Atlantic crossing

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The Kelpies are crossing the Atlantic to showcase Falkirk and the Helix Project.

Designed by artist Andy Scott, the pair of four-metre high models will be on display at the Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Exhibition.

They will have pride of place at one of the world’s major public art events.

Mike King, Helix Trust programme director, said: “This is an extremely rare and exciting opportunity to showcase The Kelpies to the world in a high profile art exhibition in a city which has built an enviable reputation for public art by leading artists, including Kapoor, Calder and Picasso.

“The fact that Andy will the only non-American artist exhibiting is significant enough in itself, but add to that the huge opportunity to highlight the Helix Project story to the highly influential American audience and you can see why we are thrilled to be involved.”

He added that it was a chance to spread the Kelpies story beyond Scotland and encourage more North American visitors.

The Ryder Cup golf competition will be taking place during the exhibition run and Andy’s models will be used in Scottish promotions at the sporting fixture.

The Kelpies will be overlooking Lake Michigan, while the full-size models will eventually be towering over the Forth & Clyde Canal near Grangemouth.