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Kelpies creator reveals his greatest ambition

Andy Scott , the sculptor behind Scotland’s iconic Kelpies landmark has said he wants to design a statue dedicated to comedian Billy Connolly.

Andy Scott, who has a number of notable sculptures around the world, said as an “informal ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland”, the Big Yin deserves a tribute to him to be built.

Scott described Connolly, originally from Glasgow but now living in Florida, as “one of the funniest comedians ever, as well as a great actor and all-round entertainer”.

Designing a statue to Connolly would demonstrate the “impact he’s had on Scottish culture”, Scott added.

In 2011 Scott unveiled a huge steel mural of Connolly on a wall close to Connolly’s birthplace overlooking the shipyards where he once worked. The comedian said he was “extremely grateful” to be honoured in that way.

Connolly said “I consider myself a citizen of the world, but I was born and raised in Glasgow – it is where my first children were born – where I learnt to play the banjo – where I served my apprenticeship as a welder, and where I first performed in public.

“My heart beats to the rhythm of Glasgow – it is in my blood.”

Last month, Connolly, now retired from comedy, said the the challenge of dealing with Parkinsons were getting worse but added he continued to enjoy filming TV shows.

The 78-year-old also made light of the troubles he experiences, saying on his last tour he told members of the audience: “Good evening, symptom spotters”.

He has recently filmed a five-part series for the UK Gold channel, which will see Connolly reflect on his career and life.

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The Kelpies are the largest pieces of equine art in the world , created by Scottish artist Andy Scott. The most successful Scottish artist of all time is Jack Vettriano .

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