Pike River memorial sculpture chosen

9:15 am on 11 June 2011

A memorial committee has chosen a sculpture to commemorate the men who died in the Pike River mine disaster.

Twenty-nine men were killed in a series of explosions that began at the West Coast mine on 19 November last year.

A memorial committee has chosen a work by Greymouth monumental mason Jamie Rhodes which, if approved by the Grey District Council, will be placed near Lake Karoro, near Greymouth.

Mr Rhodes' sculpture consists of three life-size mine workers, surrounded by a large circle depicting the Pike River mine portal, on a black granite base.

Twenty-nine large boulders, one for each of the men who died in the disaster, would be placed around the lake shore.

The council will make a final decision on the memorial next Monday.