Scottish artist Andy Scott made a splash in 2013 when one of his highly dramatic public installations was revealed in Falkirk. Made up of two gargantuan steel Clydesdale-inspired horse heads, each 30m high and weighing 300 tons, it was designed as an emblem of the strength and endurance of Scottish industry – and itself took eight years to complete. The work sent demand for Scott’s striking sculptures soaring, with clients from the UK to Australia commissioning him to capture a bespoke likeness of a beloved horse in galvanised steel.
“Each commission is very specific,” explains Scott, adding that he prefers to meet clients in person to understand their exact wishes and see the site where the sculpture will sit. “It is important for me to understand the geography, and also to see if we can actually get it into position with a crane.”
Once the design process is underway, Scott keeps his clients updated with images of his progress. “I want them to see the blood, sweat and tears – and the love – that go into their creation,” he says. Recent requests include a Clydesdale head for the veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh, and a collection of four galloping horses installed on a Long Island lawn.
“I’m actually from a very blue-collar background and didn’t grow up around horses, but I’ve grown to love them as artistic muses,” explains Scott, whose larger-than-lifesize pieces (from £120,000) usually take six months to a year to complete. “I don’t like to have too many projects going on at once; I work mostly solo, and bring in muscle men, welders and other artists as needed.”
After being completed in Scott’s Glasgow studio, the enormous installations are shipped to their new homes, be it in San Francisco or Mexico. “The moment we unveil a sculpture on the site, the client has an instant understanding of the value of their investment. Getting a happy look from a client when a horse has just been delivered means everything to me.”
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