Giant Horse Head Sculptures to Go on Display in Bryant Park

By Heather Holland on March 20, 2014 9:40am 

 A 15-foot-tall version of the Scottish artwork called "The Kelpies" will be on display in Bryant Park beginning March 21.
A 15-foot-tall version of the Scottish artwork called "The Kelpies" will be on display in Bryant Park beginning March 21.
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MIDTOWN — Two giant horses are rearing their heads in Bryant Park.

A pair of 15-foot-tall steel sculptures of horse heads, called the “The Kelpies,” will be installed near the park's fountain at West 41st Street and Sixth Avenue Thursday night for a monthlong exhibit, according to the Bryant Park Corporation.

“It’s a fantastic location,” said Scottish artist Andy Scott, who created the sculptures. “They’ll go splendid there with the library in the backdrop and buildings all around. I think it will be wonderful.”

The horse heads in Bryant Park are scaled-down replicas of the original 100-foot-tall version of the sculptures, which are currently displayed in the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland, he said.

“My great grandfather used to work with horses,” Scott said. “I just became very attracted to the great tradition of equine artworks.

“The work is celebrating [the] role horses played in establishing families in historical Scotland,” he continued.

The smaller sculptures, which weigh about 3.5 tons apiece, were most recently displayed in Chicago.

“We are very much looking forward to The Kelpies arrival at Bryant Park,” said Dan Biederman, executive director of the Bryant Park Corporation. “Being such a highly frequented public space, the park is a perfect venue to showcase works of art, and we’re happy to help bring a bit of Scottish culture to New York City.”

The exhibit will run from March 21 through April 22.

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