the 30-metre-high horse head pieces were designed by figurative sculptor andy scott and completed in october 2013. they man the forth and clyde canal in the helix, a new land transformation project aiming to connect the 16+ cultural communities in the falkirk district. the kelpies’ name reflects the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of ten horses, a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of scotland’s inland waterways. the kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of scottish industry and economy that shaped the geographical layout of the falkirk area.
garden of cosmic speculation ▴ portrack house, dumfries and galloway, scotland
this 30-acre sculpture garden was designed by landscape architect and theorist charles jencks. it is not abundant with plants, but sets mathematical formulae and scientific phenomena in a setting which elegantly combines natural features and artificial symmetry and curves. the garden is private but opens one day each year through scotland’s gardens scheme and raises money for maggie’s centres, a cancer care charity named for jencks’ late wife.