The Steel Man

A landmark sculpture for Yorkshire

Celebrating the heritage of steel and coal
Heritage Lottery Funded

The Steel Man is a true grass roots project supported by public appeal, which began with a simple idea to create a 32 metre landmark artwork that would act as a beacon for the Yorkshire region and a catalyst for change. Thousands of individuals have come forward to offer their support, along with a number of companies from across the Yorkshire region providing expertise and materials.

Funding an ambitious project of this scale has always been a huge challenge, and  the impact of Brexit and COVID 19, along with other local economic challenges, has disrupted our plans,  delayed progress, and raised doubts over the project’s future.  Some supporters have expressed their concern to us while still keen to see the project fulfilled. The team has worked hard to push through these challenges, and they recognise many hurdles still remain. Traditional funding routes under the current climate are beyond our grasp for the time being but we know we have a loyal support base, and many more interested to help, so it seems only natural to grow this support to get the Steel Man built at last! To achieve this we are preparing a global crowd funding campaign in the New Year, and more about this will be announced soon!

In the meantime the Heart of Steel sculpture, which is an integral part of the Steel Man project, has achieved enormous success since it was launched in 2015. Thousands of individuals from across the world have donated to add a name to the Heart of Steel to honour, celebrate, and remember loved ones, colleagues, and friends. Every donation carries with it an emotional story.

In 2018 The Steel Man team announced an exciting collaboration with the British Heart Foundation that has enabled the BHF to officially adopt the Heart of Steel, raising important funds towards their life saving heart research programme. Thousands more people have donated to the appeal since then and its success continues to grow. You can help too, by donating today, and help beat heartbreak forever: Heart of Steel






Help the British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever!

We've stepped up our campaign to support the British Heart Foundation carry out life saving heart and circulatory research so every donation helps save more lives in the future.

Help us help BHF beat heartbreak forever: for a donation of £20 per named individual: you, or someone you know, can be inscribed for ever on the Heart of Steel: click here.

For further information about the BHF Heart of Steel appeal email:

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