Falkirk kelpies to be largest in the world
- 15 November 2007
Two 100-foot horse head sculptures which will operate as a boat lift are to be built in the Central Belt, as part of efforts to transform more than 300 hectares of land.
A £25 million Big Lottery Fund grant will also go towards creating a new section of canal, linking the Forth and Clyde Canal into the Forth Estuary, as well as planting tress and providing paths and cycle tracks.
The latest development is part of the wider Helix Project, which has a six-year deadline.
The equine sculptures are based on the Scottish legend of water-based kelpies and will be created by Andy Scott.
Developers believe they will be the largest of their kind in the world.
Scottish director of British Waterways, Steve Dunlop said: ‘The breathtaking Kelpie boat lift is quite simply an engineering marvel which is set to become a major tourism asset for Scotland, attracting visitors from across the globe.’