The Kelpies Maquettes– the little Kelpies sparkled in the sun for the opening of The G20 Heritage Exhibition (Friends of Queen Margaret Drive) as part of the West End Festival. The sculptures, created by Andy Scott at his Maryhill workshop, will be at the Botanic Gardens until 25th June.
The smaller version of Scott's giant sculptures at The Helix Centre, Falkirk, may not be quite so massive in scale but they are dramatic and striking and look superb sitting at the front of the Kibble Palace.
Rhonda Fraser, chairperson of the Friends of Queen Margaret Drive and a local business woman, and Tam Dean Burn, actor and local activist, who is supporting the group in their drive to fundraise and promote the conservation of this fascinating area of the city, were both in the park for the launch. Michael Dale, Director of the West End Festival was there to offer his encouragement. It was good to see them all and also meet Joe McCulloch, Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
The G20 project has a target of £45,000, with Glasgow City Council providing match funding towards restoration of footpaths, pavement maintenance and other projects, and work has already started in the area with a clear up of Oban Lane.
Treat yourself to a day out at the Botanics and enjoy the beautiful gardens and the Kelpie Maquettes.
Also for your diary: Queen Margaret Drive Festival, 21st June.
The street will be closed to traffic so apart from various stalls there will be street play and music from local musicians and bands including Acoustic Butterfly, Jim Byrne, Mother's Ruin and Patrick Monaghan.