‘GUARDIAN’ – Six Bells Miners Memorial
In partnership with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Six Bells Communities First secured funding and construction of the new memorial began in March 2010.
The memorial was unveiled in June 2010 at a Commemoration Service in memory of the 45 men who lost their lives in the disaster at Six Bells.
Costing more than £200,000, the memorial is a 12.6m high statue of a miner constructed from over 20,000 individual slices of 10mm thick COR-TEN steel – a ‘weathering’ steel that allows a protective rust patina to form on its surface.
The statue weighs around 8 tonnes and stands upon a 7.4m high sandstone face plinth. The names, ages and home towns of each of the 45 disaster victims are laser cut into the COR-TEN steel plates that surround the plinth.
‘GUARDIAN’ towers 20m above the former Six Bells Colliery site – scene of the tragedy some 50 years earlier, and is dedicated to all mining communities.