A STRIKING new piece of public artwork has been installed at Hanbury Square in Bargoed as part of the £8 million town centre regeneration programme.

The installation of the artwork, depicting three miners’ heads, marks the completion of the regeneration works at Hanbury Square, where a new civic and events space has been created through the European-funded town centre regeneration programme. The impressive regeneration scheme has helped to transform the street scene throughout Bargoed town centre and provide a more attractive environment for shoppers and visitors to the town.

A total of £200,000 is being spent on six artworks in the town - including the miners' heads.

Standing almost four metres tall, ‘Miners Heads’, designed by artist Malcolm Robertson forms a bold interpretation of three miners, joined together to signify brotherhood.

A spokesman for Caerphilly council said: "The striking sculpture has been constructed in layers to give a contoured finish to create an array of undulating contours, reminiscent of the area’s surrounding landscape."

Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, “The installation of this breathtaking sculpture forms a part of the ambitious regeneration programme for Bargoed, which is really helping to breathe new life into the town centre. The artwork stands at a key entrance to the town, and is a fantastic interpretation of Bargoed’s historic industrial past”.

The artwork was designed in consultation with an ‘Arts Sub-Group’ made up of representatives from the local community, local councillors and council officers. In addition, the artist Malcolm Robertson held workshops with pupils at Heolddu Comprehensive School in developing the design.

Cllr Harry Andrews, leader of the council added, “This wonderful sculpture is an example of what can be achieved when members of the community of all ages work together. This striking piece of artwork can now be enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come”.

The Bargoed town centre regeneration project is being delivered thanks to funding from the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund, and through the Welsh Government’s Targeted Match Funding and Heads of the Valleys Programme.