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 region and a catalyst for change.

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. I wish you all the best and hope good fortune smiles on your marvellous ambition.”


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 stainless steel sculpture will stand on the border of Rotherham (overlooking the M1 between Tinsley and Kimberworth), honouring the people and places that forged a lasting legacy and highlighting the new technologies and specialised manufacturing that is helping to transform 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 new technologies.

The project is supported by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and a group of companies known as the Team of Steel.  The entire project will be built with the latest innovative design and manufacturing techniques, using local skills and materials.

The sculpture and Interpretation Hub 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 a land lease has been confirmed. Work on site is expected to commence soon.  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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