International Launch of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk – 18th of April 2014

It’s Easter, and I haven’t posted any blogs since January!  I have noticed over the last 3 years that I seem to have a flurry of blogging activity at this time of year and I guess it’s because I usually have a holiday and that allows me to get back onto it!  I start out with such good intentions at the beginning of every year and then…well you know how it is don’t you?  Anyway, I’m back and with a blog post that I hope you will like.

Any of you who follow my Facebook Page  will know that I have been posting quite a lot about Scottish sculptor, Andy Scott’s latest instillation – The Kelpies.  Some of you have possibly already encountered these astounding structures if you have travelled along the M9 in the last 12 months.  However this weekend marked the International launch of The Kelpies as part of the John Muir Festival 2014.  The John Muir Festival had a huge number of events on from the 17-26th of April to celebrate the life of John Muir and his works as a conservationist and father of National Parks.   The festival also marked the opening of the John Muir Way…the latest path network to traverse from Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar right across to Helensburgh and is poignant as it opens a century after Muir’s death.  I once walked some of the John Muir Way in Yosemite National Park in California and I’m sure to frequent this pathway which is somewhat closer to home!

And that leads me nicely back to The Kelpies and their International Launch event which was aptly called Home.  Towering above the Forth & Clyde Canal within Helix Park in Falkirk, these phenomenal structures dominate both the skyline and their immediate surroundings with awesome power and grace.  Standing at 30 meters and each weighing in at over 300 tonnes they truly are a master of art and engineering.  I had managed to get tickets for the evening performance of Home which was a 90 minute walking, light and pyrotechnic show produced by the well known Group F, who are renowned for their illuminating magic of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  However I decided to get myself down there early in the day so that I could experience these creatures through the lights of day and night.  I don’t think anything could have prepared me for their beauty.  To be honest I was insanely excited, so with my flask of soup & oatcakes and kitted out with my camera and tripod I was off!  I spent 5 hours around them soaking in their magnificence before being moved along as they prepared for the evening light show.

So allow me to take you on a journey around The Kelpies.  I have documented the day shots here and have created a short You Tube film of the light show which you can see at the end.  I hope you enjoy them and that you have had a wonderful Easter weekend.  And if you get a chance you really should go….they will blow your mind :) As always I love to know what you think, Jacqui xx




4 thoughts on “International Launch of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk – 18th of April 2014

  1. I loved this entry, Jacqui! Stunning photos. The whole thing gave me a deeper appreciation of the site. I’ve now put this on my “places I’d like to go” list. I had no idea there was such a large gap between them! You must have walked miles that day to have been able to get shots from all those angles. Superb blog.

    • Thanks Penny, Yip I had blisters on the soles of my feet after it as I walked a good few miles in what I thought were my comfortable boots :D There is also a car park close to them to that makes life easier but you know me…I like to walk x

    • Thanks Maz…I’ll be taking my 2nd trip out to them in the next week or so now that I can move around them freely! They are a bit of a photographer’s paradise really x

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