Home: the celebratory opening of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk

Warden, Claire (2014) Home: the celebratory opening of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk. Scottish Journal of Performance, 1 (2). ISSN 2054-1953

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At the heart of Falkirk’s new Helix park, a reinvented green space to the west of Grangemouth oil refinery, stand two thirty-metre high statues. They are horses’ (Kelpies’) heads, the first bowed in a submissive, calm gesture, the second with muzzle pointed to the sky. Sculptor Andy Scott created these majestic pieces of public art as a tribute to the working horses of Scotland’s industrial heritage. They opened in April 2014 with a spectacular event orchestrated by Uz Arts who commissioned pyrotechnic and lighting specialists Groupe F. The performance breathed a sense of dynamism into the sculptures leading to a series of questions about the complexion of the palimpsestic Scottish landscape, the intertwining of urban industrial and wild, untamed nature, and the relationship between Scotland’s past and future, a vital enquiry in this year of referendum. This review aims to address these questions.

Additional Information:The Scottish Journal of Performance is an open-access peer reviewed journal. LIcensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY)
Keywords:performance, public art, Scotland, JCOpen
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:14452
Deposited On:03 Jul 2014 09:18

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