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Home: the celebratory opening of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk
|dc.identifier.citation||Warden, C. (2014). Home: the celebratory opening of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk. Scottish Journal of Performance, 1(2), pp. 9–16.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||At the heart of Falkirk’s new Helix park, a reinvented green space to the west of Grangemouth oil refinery, stand two thirty-metre high statues. They are horses’ (Kelpies’) heads, the first bowed in a submissive, calm gesture, the second with muzzle pointed to the sky. Sculptor Andy Scott created these majestic pieces of public art as a tribute to the working horses of Scotland’s industrial heritage. They opened in April 2014 with a spectacular event orchestrated by Uz Arts who commissioned pyrotechnic and lighting specialists Groupe F. The performance breathed a sense of dynamism into the sculptures leading to a series of questions about the complexion of the palimpsestic Scottish landscape, the intertwining of urban industrial and wild, untamed nature, and the relationship between Scotland’s past and future, a vital enquiry in this year of referendum. This review aims to address these questions.||en_US|
|dc.publisher||The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartof||Scottish Journal of Performance||en_US|
|dc.rights||This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.||en_US|
|dc.subject||Site specific performance||en_US|
|dc.title||Home: the celebratory opening of the Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk||en_US|
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