New Yorkers woke up to the sound of bagpipers on their morning commute today as LDPR welcomed replicas of Scotland’s Kelpies to Bryant Park! Scotland’s leading public artist, Andy Scott, designed the Kelpies, the largest equine structures in the world, which live in Falkirk, Scotland in the heart of the new 900-acre Helix Parkland. The replica Kelpies in Bryant Park stand at 15-feet tall (one tenth the size of the originals and weighing in at a whopping 300 tons each!).
Inspiration for The Kelpies came from the Clydesdale horses that pulled boats and cargo along the towpaths of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal for 200 years. When asked which of the two Kelpies was his favorite, Scott replied “that’s like asking someone to choose who their favorite child is!”
The Kelpies arrival into New York City mark the anticipated beginning of Scotland Week; a series of Scottish-inspired events and activities that showcase the very best of Scotland’s dynamic culture.
The Kelpies will be on Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park from March 21 through April 22. Bryant Park can be accessed between 40th and 42nd Streets, and 5th and 6th Avenues.