The title and theme of The Kelpies as mystical water-borne equine creatures was inherited at the outset of the project, seven years ago. Since then it has evolved dramatically and in the process the ethos and function has shifted from the original concept.
Falkirk was my father’s home town and that inherited link to the town has been one of my driving inspirations. A sense of deep personal legacy has informed my thinking from the outset, with old family connections anchoring me to the project.
As an artist I frequently tackle the theme of equine sculpture in my practice. My horse based works are always rooted in a socio-historical relevance or respond to a brief from the client. In almost every project they are related to the site, the audience, history or a combination of themes.