19 June 2012>
Following the successful installation of the Pierhead railings and Emporium Clock to Bargoed High Street, the town centre is to be enriched further with more bespoke artwork.
Due to be installed in 2012 and 2013 are 4 original artworks, ranging across sculptures, inscriptions and steel work statues.
A guardian angel is to be installed at the northern approach to the town centre acting as a gateway feature standing approximately 5.5m high, fabricated in steel. The Angel will depict protection and safety, which is pertinent given the strong sense of ownership evident within the town.
At the top of the bus station breakthrough, a Celtic Blessing will be engraved into the paving stones, once again welcoming visitors with a sentiment of protection and safety.
Using the history of mining in Bargoed, three monumental miner's head sculptures will be created on Hanbury Square. The sculpture will be constructed in Glass Reinforced Concrete and standing approximately 3.8m high.
The final sculpture will announce Bargoed to the surrounding landscape, standing in Hanbury Car Park and will reach 6 metres in height and feature three steel painted daffodils. The iconic welsh symbol will face out into the community helping to attract people into the town centre, whilst celebrating the pride and culture found locally.
Councillor Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said, "These wonderful, original artworks will add to the vibrant atmosphere that the regeneration of Bargoed is bringing to the town centre. They will be a calling card to the communities surrounding that Bargoed has firmly stamped its place on the map."
Many of the artworks will be constructed from layers and will represent the contours of the surrounding landscape.
The artwork programme is being delivered as part of the £8M Bargoed Town Centre Regeneration project, 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.
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