Sculptures unveiled to honour the workforce of Pembrokeshire's energy industry
11:55am Tuesday 30th July 2013 in News
A significant donation of public art to commemorate the workforce of the Pembrokeshire energy industry was made today (Tuesday) by oil giant Chevron.
Situated on The Rath, Milford Haven, specially commissioned works in bronze and stainless steel now stand adjacent to the well known statue in tribute to the fishermen of Milford Haven.
The works of art depict images from the energy industry and have been installed in a newly created space on land made available by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The sculptures have been commissioned and donated by Chevron Products UK Ltd. in appreciation of the workforce engaged in the energy industry in Pembrokeshire.
The dedication event in Milford Haven was the first of two major public events in which donations of sculpture will be made by Chevron to the people of Pembrokeshire.
Referencing sacred and secular significance, the Archbishop of Wales and the First Minister of Wales, lead the tributes to the workforce.
Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Councillor Arwyn Williams said: “The people of Pembrokeshire are proud of their history in sustaining vital industries. The Rath at Milford Haven, already the site of a statue in tribute to the fishermen who sailed from these waters, is now joined by a poignant reminder of another of the waterway’s core industries.”
He added, “These pieces are in tribute to the workforce of the entire Pembrokeshire energy industry and we join with the Archbishop of Wales and the First Minister in this opportunity to pay tribute to all who have served and continue to serve this essential trade.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones added: “Wales has been shaped massively by energy extraction and heavy industry, and we have long and tragic experience of the risks and dangers associated with that heritage. “These sculptures pay tribute to the highly-skilled workforce of the Pembrokeshire energy industry and commemorate those who have lost their lives in its service.
“The great achievements of the industry have been made possible by a committed workforce, which Pembrokeshire has provided for over 50 years, and continues to provide as the energy industry evolves.”
The sculpture at Milford Haven is a slender shape of bronze and stainless steel. The piece was sculpted by hand to convey images of the energy industry workforce who power our modern life.
Surrounding the main tribute, blue Forest of Dean stone paving is laid, supporting individual memorials and etched with fossil shapes and sentiments reflected in the sculpture inscriptions.
“I believe that the new sculpture will soon be thought well of and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike as is The Tribute.” said Bryan Hackett, sculptor of the famous fisherman statue which stands on The Rath.
“The two are not in competition - but that their different styles and subjects should likely complement each other and so generate more interest in both works of art.”
Among those remembered on The Rath are the four workers who lost their lives in the explosion at the then Chevron refinery in June 2011.
They were Julie Jones, Dennis Riley, Robert Broome and Andrew Jenkins.
Some family members attended the services today.