Wednesday 10th of June 2015
Two mini Kelpie Maquettes have been unveiled at Edinburgh Airport this week. The two sculptures are smaller versions of the Kelpies, which are two 30 metre-high horse head sculptures that stand in Helix Park in Falkirk.
Edinburgh Airport’s new arrivals checked in on Friday morning and have been placed next to the airport’s new ‘Edinburgh’ sign, which welcomes passengers to the airport.
The eye-catching miniature sculptures are the smaller siblings of The Kelpies, which are the world’s largest equine sculptures and have become world famous since their unveiling in Helix Park in 2014, with over one million people flocking to see them in the past year.
The sculptures of Clydesdales Baron and Duke weigh in at over 1200kg and have already been displayed in many areas across Scotland and even as far flung as New York City. This summer, visitors can find them at Edinburgh Airport, and they are a very welcome arrival.
John Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “The Kelpies are now a world famous attraction and a well-known Scottish landmark. We’re delighted we can host the mini Kelpies during our busy summer period and give a great welcome to the thousands of visitors expected to travel through the terminal over the coming weeks. Our new plaza space opened last month and it is the ideal spot for the Kelpies to be placed.”
Richard Millar, Director of Heritage, Enterprise and Sustainability at Scottish Canals, added: “The baby Kelpies will provide a great welcome for proud Scots returning from foreign shores and will hopefully encourage international tourists to take a trip to see the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures at their home on the Forth & Clyde Canal in Falkirk.”