Friday, September 12, 2014


A highlight of of my trip to Scotland last month was seeing the HUGE Kelpies, a steel installation located at The Helix between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Kelpies are mythical creatures that live in the water, the most famous of which is Nessie.
They are individually known as Duke and Baron after the two Clydesdales that were the life models for the sculptures. 
A second postcard shows the unfinished Kelpies. You can go inside the one with his head down (Duke). They each weigh 300 tonnes and are 30 metres high. Each one of their 990 steel panels is unique.
One regret was that it started raining during the tour - really raining, hard - so I didn't get enough photos. The other was that we didn't stay late enough to see them lit up at night. But, I wasn't the driver and an hour past dusk would have been far too long a wait.

The following link shows a time lapse video of the construction process
The Kelpies 



  1. Wow! These are amazing. I've read the story of Kelpies and had no idea such a wonderful structure existed. Some of my folk come from Scotland--so I hope one day to visit there. What wonderful postcards! Thank you for posting today and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday! (grin)

  2. They are magnificent....and you got to see them live and in person..

  3. I thought they looked like horses. They are just amazing!

  4. Wow, I really like those. I've always thought of the Loch Ness monster as being more dragon-like, but now the horse likeness makes sense.

  5. Fantastic link VS, such a HUGE scale work, mega impressive, would love to see..


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