Ode To Barge Pulling Horses
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A long time ago, horses would pull the barges along this canal in Falkirk Scotland. Then, motors came and the horses were not needed any longer. Soon, this part of Falkirk was filled with trash and was basically an eyesore for the residents of Falkirk. There were a group of people who wanted to turn this into a park for people to enjoy. Andy Scott, the artist who designed the Kelpies, wanted to symbolize the Helix Park with part of it's history.
" Andy Scott's vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the structural layout of the area. Retaining The Kelpies as the title for these equine monuments, Andy sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities The Helix stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies." (http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies/history/#.XL3fYuhKguU)
I particularly love this scene with the Kelpies in the background and the barges used today inside the Helix Park. There are many other things to do in the Helix Park. There are many biking and walking trails along the canal, picnic areas and cafes and shops as well. It is a wonderful spot to reminisce about the old ways and enjoy the new ways.
April 22nd, 2019
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