The Kelpies at night – a stunning spectacle

Imagine a world where myth and modernity meet under the celestial canvas of the night sky. This is what awaits you at The Kelpies in Falkirk, an awe-inspiring sight like no other. As darkness descends, these colossal steel sculptures transform into luminous beacons, casting an ethereal glow over the waters of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Kelpies at night prints for sale

the Kelpies, at night canvas prints , Helix Park , Falkirk , Scotland
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The Kelpies, towering at 30 meters, are not only a testament to Scotland’s horse-powered heritage but are also a striking example of contemporary art. Each evening, they come alive through a spectacular illumination that highlights their intricate steel curves and powerful forms. This dynamic light show is meticulously designed to showcase the fluidity and grace of these mythical creatures, embodying the spirit of the water horses from Scottish folklore that inspired their creation. Kelpies at night prints for sale

Visiting The Kelpies at night offers a unique experience where the play of light and shadow merges with the surrounding landscape to create a mesmerizing spectacle. The reflective waters below mirror the grandeur above, doubling the magic and making it a photographer’s paradise. The ambient lighting shifts with the seasons and events, promising a different delight with every visit.

The Kelpies are not just sculptures; they are an immersive experience that celebrates both cultural heritage and artistic innovation. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a photography enthusiast or simply in search of a magical evening out, The Kelpies at night offer a truly unique and enchanting experience that resonates long after you’ve left their glowing presence.

Come witness this unparalleled fusion of art and engineering, where the legends of old are illuminated under the stars of today. The Kelpies at night are more than just a sight to see; they are a wonder to be experienced.

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Council announce new plan for the Kelpies , Scotland after loss

The home of Falkirk’s iconic Kelpies in Scotland has shocked fans and supporters with the news of a loss of £600,000 a year despite being one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.

The 300-hectare site costs £2.1m to maintain every year but generates an income of just £1.5m from its cafes and visitor centre, Kelpie tours and car parking.

Created almost ten years ago, the Kelpies in Scotland have become one of the most recognisable tourist attractions. An estimated 600,000 visitors to the Helix in 2021, spent in the region of £84m supporting local businesses and jobs.

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Members of Falkirk Council  have agreed a new strategy for visitors that hopes to welcome one million visitors a year by 2028, in the hope that many will stay longer in the district and spend more money locally.

The five-year strategy aims to increase the income to £1.75m, while protecting the award-winning environment.

Manager Lesley O’Hare said that the intention is to “close the gap between income and expenditure by growing income rather than looking at cuts to our expenditure”. One possibility is increasing the car parking charges or prices at the visitor centre . Or maybe a Photo Booth that you often see at weddings . 

Members heard that the visitor centre – including the cafe and gift shop – welcomed 436,912 visitors, smashing its annual target of 375,000. However, it is currently almost at capacity and improvements being suggested include extending the visitor centre and cafe to provide shelter for the many people who visit the Helix park with their dogs.

They also want to increase the number of events that are held by other organisations that will provide a good income without any risk to the council. This year the Helix had ‘bungee jumps’ and a zipline as well as a visiting Luminarium that visitors paid to enjoy.

The Supernova Kelpies 5k run has been popular in the past and it is due to take place again next year . 

The new strategy for the Kelpies in Scotland looks at new ways to promote active travel around the area.

This includes plans to encourage visitors to follow a new  ‘Heart of Falkirk’ trail, linking the Helix with other key attractions, including the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and the district’s two new distilleries, the Polmont distillery and the revived Rosebank brand , 

But one councillor  called for a business plan that would allow the site to at least break even.

He said: “I was shocked to discover at today’s Falkirk Council meeting that the Helix Park is making a financial loss of £600,000 per year. The Kelpies are one of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions but figures show that Falkirk Council makes less that £2 per visitor.”

Ms O’Hare told members they have been exploring opportunities to increase spending per head.

She said: “If we were just running a visitor centre, it would be very, very different and we would be operating at a surplus, but the management of that scale of green space that requires the level of maintenance that it does, comes at a cost.

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The Kelpies private tours

The Kelpies in Helix Park are 30 metre high sculptures of two Clydesdale horses , Duke and Baron , a unique tribute to the horses that used to pull freight barges along the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal in Scotland in the 19th century . Designer Andy Scott is from Glasgow . His latest sculpture is one of Sergio Aguerro , the Manchester City player who scored the goal to win the Premiership for City .

Kelpies tours make the perfect Kelpies gift for fans of this amazing sculpture .

Kelpies Tours start at 10.00 am . Phone +447305-294773 for details and bookings .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged .

Kelpies Falkirk tours Itinerary

  • 6 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling castle
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by private car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£195 for up to four people

The Kelpies jigsaw puzzles

The Kelpies , the Helix, Falkirk jigsaw puzzle.

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The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world. 
Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the models for the 30m (100ft) works.
More than one million people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.

The pair of sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
The Kelpies Falkirk were open to the public in 2014. An exhibition of local schools kids artwork celebrating The Kelpies and The John Muir Way will also be unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. The artwork was on display inside The Kelpies for three weeks afterwards for tour guests to admire.

The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Helix is a leisure park featuring walkways , a lagoon , children’s play area and the Kelpies

Bluebird at Bonneville – Canvas Print

Bluebird at Bonneville – framed Print by Jack Vettriano

Canvas print: 22 x 38 inches | 55.9 x 96.5 cms

Our canvas prints are giclee prints on premium quality canvas, which is stretched onto a pine stretcher with supporting cross-bars and hanging cord.

The stretcher depth is: 1.25 inches |  3.17cms.

Canvas prints come ready to hang and are designed to be hung without a frame.

£150.00 . Free UK delivery
Bluebird at Bonneville is one of a series of six new canvas prints launched in March 2010.
Our canvas prints are giclee prints on premium quality canvas, which is stretched onto a pine stretcher with supporting cross-bars and hanging cord. The stretcher depth is: 1.25″. The canvas prints come ready to hang and are designed to be hung without a frame. Phone 07723-538941 for more details

Bluebird at Bonneville – Canvas Print by Jack Vettriano

Bluebird at Bonneville – Canvas Print by Jack Vettriano

Canvas print: 22 x 38 inches | 55.9 x 96.5 cms

Our canvas prints are giclee prints on premium quality canvas, which is stretched onto a pine stretcher with supporting cross-bars and hanging cord.

The stretcher depth is: 1.25 inches |  3.17cms.

Canvas prints come ready to hang and are designed to be hung without a frame.

£150.00 . Free UK delivery
Bluebird at Bonneville is one of a series of six new canvas prints launched in March 2010.
Our canvas prints are giclee prints on premium quality canvas, which is stretched onto a pine stretcher with supporting cross-bars and hanging cord. The stretcher depth is: 1.25″. The canvas prints come ready to hang and are designed to be hung without a frame. Phone 07723-538941 for more details

The Singing Butler stars at Vettriano retrospective in Glasgow

The Singing Butler , Vettriano’s iconic painting , has taken a starring role at Vettriano’s retrospective at the Kelvingrove Art gallery in Glasgow. Over 100 of his paintings are featured in the exhibition which has filled the gallery with the curious and devoted.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

The art gallery itself is almost full to bursting point . There are queues to see certain pictures and there is a queue at the till in the exhibition shop. The postcard rack is emptying fast  and the limited edition prints are being snapped up.

Jack Vettriano has cooperated with other artists and bands in Scotland , most notable the Scottish band St Jude’s Infirmary . He  starred in the video of the band’s song ‘Goodbye Jack Vettriano’ which was recorded yesterday on the beach at Edinburgh. The band faithfully recreated the scene of Vettriano’s most famous image of the Singing Butler

They only intended to ask his permission to recreate some of his paintings in the shoot, but they were stunned when the elusive artist volunteered to feature in the video.
He made the offer after the band presented him with a copy of the song during a hastily arranged meeting at Edinburgh Airport last Sunday.
Drummer Mark Francis, 31, said: “He rang us up later to tell us he loved the track and also said that he would appear in the music show video. Mr Vettriano then called us later in the week to tell us that he has talked Ian Rankin into getting involved as well.
“We’re delighted that they are both coming to Porty beach. Jack wants to have ‘love’ tattooed on his knuckles – just like in the lyrics of our song.” Guitarist and cellist Ashley Campbell, 28, added: “It’s all just snowballed from when we met him at the weekend. “He had heard of our collaboration with Ian, and we put them in touch with each other for what will be a rather surreal and exciting day for us. “Jack’s agreed to recreate some of the poses from his paintings and he’s going to get Ian to do the same. “The finished video should look great. “Jack’s annoyed they didn’t take us all to Leven beach, which is the inspiration for the beaches in his paintings. I’m sure the Edinburgh Riviera will do just as nicely though.”

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New Jack Vettriano exhibition for Glasgow  Kelvingrove Art Gallery in 2013

The Jack Vettriano retrospective is on show in Glasgow’s  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which already has a Vettriano painting.  The paintings in the exhibition date from 1992 to 2013 and include his most famous image  The Singing Butler, as well as favourites like Bluebird at Bonneville , Mad Dogs  , Dance Me To The End of Love  and The Billy Boys.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 23 February 2014, with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Download our free Jack Vettriano Gallery app for a guide to his work
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Follow Photogold on TwitterThe exhibition is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm and Friday and Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm.
 We recommend allowing an hour to fully enjoy the exhibition, which features more than 100 paintings.​

“Glasgow has nine galleries but Kelvingrove is the best one for such a major retrospective for someone of this stature,” the source said.

Jack Vettriano has announced  five prints – Blue, Blue, Scorched , the Sparrow and the Hawk , Love Story and Marked Heart. Phone Photogold on 07723-538941 for more details.

Vettriano has just finished curating his 20-year retrospective .  Over 100 paintings are featured in the exhibition . The Scottish artist revealed the details in an interview with the US magazine Vanity Fair. Vettriano’s exhibition in Kirkcaldy set attendance records.

 

“The gallery will also help promote edgy, younger artists.Showing landscapes and flowers doesn’t interest me. I’m trying to start a fire,” he said.

Last night, Nathalie Martin, the artist’s director at his Heartbreak gallery in London, said

“The reason it will be in Glasgow is because we got a very positive, very significant approach from the public gallery in question in Glasgow. It was their idea. This will be a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to see the top ten, if not more of Vettriano’s works from the four corners of the globe . We’ve had a an extraordinary response from private collectors who own some of the works and have secured agreement for many of the paintings.”

The frank  interview in Vanity Fair was the first time the American public had gained so much personal information about Vettriano.

The interview details the fierce attacks by a number of critics who do not regard Vettriano’s work as “proper” art and his rejection by the Scottish art establishment.

In the interview, Vettriano, who was made an OBE in 2003 for services to the visual arts, gives a robust response when asked about his detractors pointing to him copying poses from the Illustrator’s Figure Reference Manual for The Singing Butler – which became the most expensive painting by a Scottish artist when it sold for £750,000 eight years ago.

“I don’t give a f***!!,” replied Vettriano, a former mining engineer from Methil in Fife. “Picasso said, ‘Other artists borrow – I steal’. And the same book I used was found in Francis Bacon’s studio when he died.”

Asked about accusations that his work was nothing more than “dim erotica”, Vettriano said his fans were “disappointed that the pictures aren’t pornographic enough”.

*update

The Jack Vettriano Exhibition 2013 is now open at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery until January.

  •  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. The building houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. Wikipedia

The Singing Butler small format print £270

Jack Vettriano canvas prints

Jack Vettriano has published a new set of 6 canvas prints – ther Singing Butler ,Bluebird at Bonneville, the Picnic Party, the Pier, In Thoughts of You and Dance me to the End of Love

The Singing Butler canvas print
The Singing Butler canvas print

Jack Vettriano has published a new set of 6 canvas prints. The new set of canvas prints includes well-known images of the Singing Butler , Bluebird at Bonneville, In Thoughts of You and Dance me to the End of Love as well as the Picnic Party and the Pier. Vettriano fans are waiting for news about his new London exhibition which is scheduled for this summer . His recent exhibition in Kirkcaldy was a massive success. 46,000 people went to Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery to see Jack Vettriano’s new exhibition Days of Wine and Roses.

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