Our man of steel

Man of Steel, by Steve Mehdi
Man of Steel, by Steve Mehdi
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MEET South Yorkshire’s Man of Steel – although at the moment he’s not much more than a lad.

A modest 2m model has been created of the sculpture which supporters say will be our answer to the Angel of the North.

It was put together at Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre under the direction of sculptor Steve Mehdi.

The masterplan is to turn the blueprint into a giant 20m-high stainless steel figure sat atop an 18m coal-black column.

The landmark will overlook the M1 from a former landfill site near Catcliffe.

It is designed to pay tribute to South Yorkshire’s history of steel and coal industries, while also reflecting the region’s 21st Century strengths in advanced manufacturing and metals technology.