the kelpies

The Kelpies (Scotland Series / Part 2)

There is a mythical creature named the Kelpie. According to Scotish folklore, it is a shape-shifting spirit which haunt rivers and streams. Though a Celtic legend, it also has renditions in other cultures. While normally taking the form of a powerful black horse, they can transform into non-equine forms by taking the outward appearance of a horse.
 
They are depicted as sculptures in Grangemouth, near Falkirk, in central Scotland (between Edinburgh and Glasgow). At 30 meters high, they weigh 300 tons each, and are built with structural steel with a stainless steel cladding. Construction started in June 2013 and completed in October of 2013, becoming open to the public in April of 2014.
 
Nearby is the Forth and Clyde Canal, providing a route for sea vessels between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Hence the picture of the boats included in this post.

 

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