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HORSE PLAY The Kelpies is the newest, largest and most dazzling art installation in Scotland, and was unveiled to the public for the first time on Easter Monday. Weighing in at 300 tonnes each and towering 30 metres over the Forth & Clyde canal, the two horse head sculptures are a stunning sight at any time of day. Yet it’s after dark when they are illuminated that they show off their true colours. Sited at Helix Park in Falkirk, these remarkable structures are the work of celebrated Glasgow artist Andy Scott. Spectacular lighting features in several of Andy’s earlier pieces, and the two companies that lit up his iconic Arria in Cumbernauld have once again come together to bring the artist’s vision to life. Lightfolio, based in Penicuik in Midlothian, were the lighting consultants on The Kelpies project. ElektoLED, based in Latchingdon in Essex, were suppliers and commissioning engineers. The stunning visual effects are created

by 28 individual 72 x 3W red, green, blue and white LED spotlights which generate 150,000 lumens. The entire system is managed via wireless DMX technology which enables precise control of the system without the need for unsightly cables. The Kelpies is part of The Helix project which is transforming 350 hectares of land into a rejuvenated environment where people can enjoy the leisure facilities and diverse natural habitats. The aim of The Kelpies is to enhance and enrich the visitor experience, and from the reaction of the opening day audience, that goal has certainly been achieved. Reg Gove, Design Director at Lightfolio says, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction of people who’ve come to view The Kelpies. Reading their comments on Facebook and just listening to the audience, you can see they’re blown away by the experience.” www.lightfolio.co.uk www.elektoled.com

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mondo*arc is the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design. Targeted specifically at the lighting specification market...

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