Guardians to Scotland’s inland waterways,the Kelpies tower over the Forth and Clyde Canals. Standing thirty meters tall, they are sculptor Andy Scott’s largest, most expressive and impressive work. Even the ten meter tall Kelpie maquettes, now installed at New York City’s Bryant Park, are impressive. But then, Andy Scott doesn’t do things by halves. From first drafts through the maquette and fabrication stages to putting that final patina or polish on a piece, Scott is there. Working with teams of structural engineers, fabricators, haulage & crane operators, lighting designers, he creates striking landmarks. A monumental sculptor in every sense of the word, Scott is hands on when it comes to his work. He is, he admits, “A bit old fashioned. I like to craft these objects, physically make them with my hands. Most of the big sculpture you see all over the world these days hasn’t been done that way at all. There’s hardly any nutters like me left. Most of the stuff is cut by machines and assembled in factories. It’s a massive industrial fabrication.”
While Scott’s most noted works arise from contemporay fabrication techniques, you can see his touch in the design and execution. That touch is broad ranging and diverse. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Scott has completed over 70 projects across a wide spectrum of disciplines across the UK and internationally.
the UK and internationally.
“The Heavy Horse”, a sculpture of a Clydesdale is one of the best known artworks in Scotland. Installed beside the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, it stands 4.5 metres tall and is made of galvanised steel round bars.
“The Cob” installed in the Belvedere roundabout at Bexley, East London was inspired by the horses which the local traveller’s community traditionally grazed in the local area. Made from galvanised steel, the horse stands 5 meters high.
Scott has an affection for horses, especially the great working horses– the Clydesdales, Shires and Percherons. They are to him, the embodiment of the history of Scotland, its industry and growth. Working in the foundries, the fields, farms and of course the canal itself, the Equis Magnus pulled boats along the Forth & Clyde from coast to coast. This is Andy Scott’s heritage, part of his work and his work ethic. But the man is not just about horses; his figurative work is equally powerful.
Almost 20 metres tall, the “Thanksgiving Square Beacon” is one of the tallest sculptures in the U.K.
Sited beside the River Lagan in the centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this “Angel of Thanksgiving” is symbolic of the renaissance of the city. She is a much loved work.
“Shipbuilders” was commissioned for the Scottish Maritime Museum. Two shipyard workers haul on the drag chains of a ship, pulling her towards the Clyde. The prow of the ship is built out from the wall of the museum with the shipbuilders leaning out over the river walkway, giving museum visitors a dynamic view of the sculptures from below.
The “Ibrox Disaster Memorial” stands at the entrance to Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow. A simple and solemn sculpure of Rangers legend John Greig, voted the greatest ever Rangers player and the team captain on the day of the infamous Ibrox Disaster of 1971 when 140 people were in jured and 66 lost their lives in a crowd surge. This commemorative sculpture serves as a focal point for the grief felt by the bereaved and marks the 30th anniversary of this terrible tragedy.
All of these and more are the work of Andy Scott, a sculptor who likes getting his hands dirty. Like the mythical Kelpies, he is a rare breed.
Sculpture by Andy Scott
Article by Katherine Dewey