Kicking off an Easter weekend of events to celebrate all things John Muir, thousands of visitors enjoyed viewing Scotland’s tallest art installation lit up for two night-time events to celebrate the opening of the John Muir Way. The 30m high Kelpie horse heads, designed by artist Andy Scott, were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display. The Kelpies, which are one of the main features in the new Helix Park, then opened to the public on Easter Monday.
The Helix Park is a £43m redevelopment of 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Park which was conceived of by Falkirk Council, Scottish Canals, Central Scotland Forest Trust and landscape consultants Ironside Farrar will be fully open by September.
As well as creating a new greenspace destination within the extensive Falkirk Greenspace, the park also reconnects the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Forth River via a major new canal extension into the River Carron.
Funding for the Kelpies and Helix Park has come from a number of sources including the BIG Lottery, Scottish Canals, SCORE, Sustrans, Falkirk Environment Trust & Falkirk Council.