The Steel Man

A landmark sculpture for Yorkshire

Celebrating the heritage of steel and coal
Heritage Lottery Funded

The Steel Man began with a simple idea to create a landmark artwork that would act as a beacon for the Yorkshire region and a catalyst for change. Over the last 8 years it has expanded to embrace education, training, heritage, culture, and the arts. The project has attracted huge  support from local companies and thousands of individuals from around the world, and discussions are now underway with a major ‘keystone’ funder.


Sir Tim Smit, KBE, The Eden Project, Cornwall says:

“Your project looks wonderful and will become a national icon once it is built. I think the people of Yorkshire will feel very proud of it. It is a fitting response to the landscape and the community and is inspirational.”


Andy Scott, sculptor, The Kelpies, Scotland says:

“The Steel Man will invent his own mythology of place and time.  He harks back to an era where craft, engineering and dexterity were the hallmarks of Yorkshire, yet he encapsulates modernity and progress of the region through cutting edge fabrication techniques and materials.  I look forward to seeing the Steel Man come to reality.”


The 32 metre Steel Man will be built on the border of Rotherham (overlooking the M1), honouring the people and places that forged the region. A multi-functional Interpretation Hub – part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – will sit alongside the sculpture and include an exhibition space, café , and shop. Schools and other groups will be able to use the space to learn more about the heritage of the region and the emergence of the new technology sector.  

The Steel Man will be seen by millions every year and provide a lasting economic and cultural benefit for generations to come. Advanced design and development work has already started  and building work is expected to begin in 2018. You can add your support today, and be part of history in the making!

Help bring The Steel Man to Life!

We invite you to support The Steel Man with a suggested donation amount from £20. Add your name – or someone you know – to the Heart of Steel, and you will receive a specially commissioned Heart of Steel badge and personalised certificate.

The British Heart Foundation will receive 10% of all Heart of Steel donations to power life-saving heart research.

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