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The Kelpies

in the Moonlight 2014

Several years ago now, I was on tour in Scotland doing as set of three talks. On our way home we decided to visit the Kelpies located in Grangemouth, near Falkirk. They had just been installed, there was a Portakabin for the information and one for the loos. The landscaping hadn't been done or a cafe/shop.

You could be anything but stunned by the 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures created by Andy Scott.

The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped the geographical layout of Falkirk.

The Kelpies’ name reflects the mythological transforming beasts that possess the strength and endurance of 100 horses; a quality that’s analogous with the transformational change of the area’s landscapes, endurance of its inland waterways and the strength of its communities. You can visit The Kelpies free of charge any time of the day, 365 days of the year due to their prime location in The Helix community park.

The main horse it looking down at you the other rearing up so more difficult to get a shot. The shots you do see are usually of the two in this formation. The day we visited was rally cold and a little slippy but well worth the visit. I took lots of shots with different angles and close ups.

This was the first one I processed. I was looking for something that reflected the mood of the horses lives on the canal banks.

Meeting the Silver Horses


Another trip to Scotland to do a three night set of talks. You simply can't miss the opportunity to visit the Kelpies. Now, it has been beautifully landscaped and toilets. cafe and the inevitable shop. A much more manicured venue from the first visit but still the excitement of seeing these wonderful creatures.

When I looked at the images I'd taken that day, I remembered the sculptures sketches in the cafe of a full horse and the the line representing the water. Playing with the images and needing to incorporate scale, I tried to create an interaction with the figures and the Silver Horses. I really enjoyed the challenge of creating the mane and back of the horses but couldn't manage the legs.

They're just a bit of fun and a great memory of a second visit to see this amazing sculpture. The files for the Silver Horses have approx 40 - 45 layers including, textures, original images, finishing touches and the print layers for Colour and Mono. Printed on an arty semi gloss paper.


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