I haven’t made it a secret that after just two trips to Scotland, I’ve fallen deeply in love with the country. So maybe it isn’t surprising that should events in New York City occur that have a Scottish connection, I always want to be there. Such was the case with this week’s premier of The Kelpies.
The Kelpies are the brand new sculptures by artist Andy Scott which premiered in Bryant Park to much fanfare, including bagpipers in kilts. And the presence of the Chairman of The American-Scottish Foundation, Alan Bain. They’re a smaller version of Scott’s more than lifesize sculptures which can be seen in Scotland not far from Stirling Castle.
(pictured here: Andy on the left, Alan on the right)
I noticed Mr. Bain immediately because he was in a full Tartan suit and tweed overcoat. I couldn’t help but adore his style. When I asked him if I could take his photo, he proceeded to explain, by showing me the threads and colors in his tie, that it was more than a tartan.
His suit was crafted from THE New York City tartan.
Created after 9/11, it includes black and red to pay homage to the victims of the tragedy. And I would guess blue and green to signify the land and the water of Scotland, though I neglected to dig that deep unfortunately.
The Kelpies are equine sculptures at 1/10th scale to the originals which can be viewed next to the main highway in Falkirk, Scotland. I saw the full size installation myself back in January, and it was awe-inspiring. Even though just viewed from a speeding car. Which is why I don’t have photos of those.
The Kelpies will be viewable in Bryant Park until April 22 but I hope to be part of a campaign that will seek to find them a permanent home afterward, as I am not the only one who wishes to see them stay in the City long term.
If you’d like to be part of that effort, please let me know and I will keep you in the loop.