The Kelpies

The Kelpies

Often when our team are asked to represent a building, product or site in LEGO bricks we add humour & life. This commission though, was different - how would we go about creating a detailed and highly accurate model of a major Scottish landmarks?

The Kelpies are public sculptures, designed by artist Andy Scott, of mythical water horses. They stand next to the Forth & Clyde canal. At 30 meters tall, they are visible for miles. We were commissioned to make copies for display in the visitor centre - so that visitors to the site could try to build their own landmark. Due to the unique structure of the sculpture, no usable 3D model of the Kelpies existed at all. To create a 100% accurate copy by eye would have been exceptionally time consuming, so we developed a custom approach to their recreation. Wind tunnel models were 3D scanned and then, using custom software written for us, a computer-based LEGO version was created. This was painstakingly copied into bricks, one at a time!

 
Kelpies logo (white on trans), so this page MUST be blue.