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Meet the Man Behind The Kelpies

11/20/2015

The Kelpies

The Kelpies, sculpted by Andy Scott


From Mini Whinnies and Stablemates to Classics and Traditional, Breyer creates authentic model horses of all sizes, colors and poses. While Breyer creates some of the smallest horse sculptures in the world, we are happy to leave the very largest to the talented Andy Scott of Glasgow, Scotland.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Andy Scott is a world renowned sculptor who's completed over 70 large sculptures, about 18 of which are large scale horse pieces. Scott's works range from three meters to a whopping 30 meters in size! While Scott prefers to sculpt out of galvanized steel, bronze and fiberglass, he began his practice with metal armatures surrounded by clay modeling, much like our Breyer model horse sculptors!

 

When Breyer caught up with the busy sculptor, we learned that on a recent trip to Los Angeles Scott even bought his first Breyer models!

 

While Scott has created many non-equine pieces, he particularly enjoys working on horse sculptures. "I find my equine pieces seem to strike a chord with the audience which transcends their site specific intention. Folks may or may not reflect on the particular breed of horse, why it is in a certain pose, why it looks a certain direction, but there is almost always a reason it is the way it is beyond the immediate beauty of the animal," said Scott. He explains each of his pieces to represent some specific significance of the area they inhibit. While planning out a sculpture, Scott enjoys researching the geography, social history and local people to create a monument which satisfies these elements as well as the aspirations of the individuals commissioning his project. It is this passion that led to Scott's most famous creation, The Kelpies.

 

The Kelpies

Located at the Helix Park between Falkirk and Grangemouth, Scotland, The Kelpies are a steel sculpture of two horse heads, bursting from the ground to a height of 30 meters and weighing in at 300 tons each! When The Kelpies project began, Scott hoped to create a monument which would represent the history of Scotland and specifically the Falkirk area, known for its barges on the Forth and Clyde canal and early industrial revolution. Scott chose the Kelpies' name based on the mythological horse-like beast known for living in the lochs of Scotland. Because heavy horses served as the powerhouse of industrial era which the Kelpies would represent, two Clydesdales of the Glasgow City Council, known as Duke and Baron, were chosen as models for the sculptures.

 

While The Kelpies was clearly no easy project, taking eight and a half years to complete, Scott says he is honored to have been a part of what has become a Scottish landmark. "We encountered many logistical and economic challenges along the way, but with perseverance we succeeded in the end," said Scott. The Kelpies have become a large attraction for tourists from all over the world. They can be seen in the Helix Park at any time of the day, 365 days of year. Each night, an hour after sunset, the sculptures are light up by LED lights and they can be seen from miles away. There is even a walking tour offered by the park where visitors can learn about their story, Andy Scott's work and the working horses of the area.

 

 

The Kelpies

The Kelpies, as seen from across the canal.

 

Since the completion of the Kelpies in 2014, Scott says the sculptures have brought much unexpected, yet exciting attention his way, taking up a lot of his time. Somehow, he still finds the time to continue his passion, learning different techniques and re-discovering clay and bronze. Currently, Scott continues to work on multiple projects including a series of small clay equine works to be cast into bronze for a client in England and a large scale Friesian sculpture in the Netherlands; he is also awaiting confirmation for projects in Scotland and Dubai. "I take each day and each commission as it comes, which makes it difficult to make plans in this unpredictable world of commission based sculpture," explained Scott. Some of his future plans include setting up a studio in California with his wife, Hanneke.

You can learn more about Andy Scott and his work here.

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Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/27/2016 at 1:51 pm

The Kelpies are so beautiful! He is such a good sculptor!

thelittlehorsegirl Says:
11/28/2015 at 5:20 pm

Horses

Wow I think this is really cool! The sculptures look very real! Well done

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