Giant horse sculptures to boost tourism

  • A series of life-sized horse sculptures are set to take over a Scottish town to boost tourism in the area.

    The “Ready Steady Gallop” event will see 30 life-sized Clydesdale horse sculptures spread around the South Lanarkshire Hamilton for 10 weeks next summer.

    Hamilton horses RSG & Mairi 3The 1.9m tall models will create a trail around the town and the surrounding area.

    Artists from across Scotland have been invited to paint the horses so that each one will have a unique design.

    Ready Steady Gallop is being organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID) and Wild in Art — a firm which produces mass participation art events.

    Gareth Walker, Hamilton BID manager, said: “This is the first event of its kind in the west of Scotland and it is going to be something really special for locals and visitors to get involved with.

    Hamilton horses RSG & Mairi 1“The spectacle of the horses will hopefully draw people from far and wide, and we hope to raise fantastic sums for Kilbryde Hospice.

    “Wild in Art has created some amazing events in other towns which have drawn thousands to see their sculptures and we hope that our Clydesdales will be just as popular.”

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