During their three-week stint at Inverness Campus, which ended at the weekend, thousands of visitors are estimated to have been drawn by the 1:10 scale models of Andy Scott’s world famous Kelpies sculpture – two 100-foot high Shire horses’ heads guarding the exit from a turning circle on the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk.
To coincide with their appearance, and to mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Highlands and Islands Enterprise [HIE] which owns the Campus, in an inspired fun initiative, ran a ‘Selfies with the Kelpies’ competition. This was to encourage people to visit the kelpies and at the same time discover the public parkland, footpaths and cycle ways at the Campus.
People uploaded their images to HIE’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. HIE has selected three finalists, which are now out to public vote on the social media channels. The vote is open until this Sunday 31st July. [Ed: We have asked for the links to the vote and will add them when we get them.]
The owner of the image with the most votes will win a summer goodie bag, including a trip to see the real Kelpies.
Karen Thomson, senior development manager for Inverness Campus, says: ‘It was a great opportunity to host the mini Kelpies Inverness visit at the Campus. They proved hugely popular and not a day went by without groups of people turning up to see them, regardless of the weather. We are absolutely delighted with the response to the selfie competition. There were some amazing pics and so many deserving winners. Narrowing it down to just three has been a real challenge.’
One of the last groups to see the mini Kelpies at the Campus was a group principally made up of North Americans, whose Disney Magic cruise ship docked at Invergordon. They joined a day tour with local tour operator, Wow Scotland.
The mini kelpies are now on their way to Kirkcudbright – although there is speculation they could be back in Inverness in September at a different location.
Note: The photograph above of the mini-Kelpies at Inverness Campus is by Trevor Martin for HIE.