Preview of BBC Two Scotland’s ‘Creating The Kelpies’

The Kelpies - Image Credit: Ben Williams. Image Copyright: Caledonia TV

The Kelpies – Image Credit: Ben Williams. Image Copyright: Caledonia TV

BBC Two Scotland have just released this preview video (below) for their upcoming documentary ‘Creating The Kelpies’. In the preview clip, we get to see dramatic shots of the giant horse-head sculptures under construction, while sculptor Andy Scott speaks about his hopes for The Kelpies.

This one-off programme is scheduled to air in Scotland at 9:00pm on Tuesday, 6 May, 2014,on BBC Two.

For the past eight years, Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott has been working on the biggest project of his life. The Kelpies are two 30m-high horse heads made of steel, now standing alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal.

This film, narrated by Andy himself, follows the long and tortuous process of the creation of the 300-tonne sculptures from design to installation. The enormous technical challenge involved engineers in Leeds, steel mills in Hartlepool and Corby and metal benders in Tipton, and was nearly derailed by the financial crisis of 2008. Originally planned to form part of the canal lock mechanism, the sculptures are now a free-standing attraction within Falkirk’s Helix Park.

Construction of the magnificent sculptures was completed in October of 2013.

Whether your an art lover, a horse lover, or just interested in how these latest Scottish landmarks came about, Creating the Kelpies should prove fascinating viewing.

We’ve currently heard no news about this show being broadcast in other BBC regions, though it may be possible to view via iPlayer or if you have access to BBC Two Scotland via your digital TV provider.

Andy Scott - Image Credit: Caledonia TV/BBC

Andy Scott – Image Credit: Caledonia TV/BBC