Land Art

'Line the route' Tour de Yorkshire 2018 - land art competition

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Welcome to Yorkshire is on the lookout for the county’s best creations after launching its annual Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.

Last year’s contest proved another huge success with massive, eye-catching pieces being displayed along the race route.

Businesses, landowners, farmers, schools and community groups are now being encouraged to get creative once again ahead of the fourth edition on 3-6 May.

Whether it’s a church spire draped in a blue jersey, a field displaying a mammoth bicycle, or a market square spelling out a message of support, all works are welcomed and stand a great chance of being beamed to a global audience of millions when the race’s live television helicopters sweep across the county.

Last year a giant piece of art celebrating the 200th birthday of Branwell Brontë - commissioned by Andrew Wood from Fields of Vision with the help of children from Haworth Primary School -  was crowned the winner after an international public vote, and the coveted trophy is now up for grabs once again.

How to enter: 

  1. Send in plans, pictures and designs, and include information about what inspired the piece, how it will be made and where will it be. This will then be shared with TV producers before the race. Submit entries and any questions you may have to Becky Kay at bkay@yorkshire.com
  2. Welcome to Yorkshire will shortlist the 12 best land art pieces over the four days of action.
  3. The shortlisted entries will then be put to a public vote and one lucky winner will receive our coveted land art trophy!
  4. Winners will be announced in early June

Top tips for creating eye-catching land art are:

  1. Position it as close to the race route as possible.
  2. Make it as large and as striking as possible so the television helicopters can see it.
  3. Land art doesn’t need to be bicycle or tour related, it’s about celebrating communities and getting people talking.
  4. Think about what’s connected to a community – a famous face, an event – what makes it special?
  5. Land art shouldn’t be commercial (a company logo for example) but you may wish to celebrate a specific industry – for example, big pints of beer for breweries? A mouse and cheese for cheesemongers/creameries?
  6. Get permission to work on the land you intend to use. Please check with local landowners and ensure the local community is happy with plans.

 

'Line the route' Tour de Yorkshire 2017 - land art competition

"Branwell Brontë on a bicycle" wins Tour de Yorkshire land art competition

The winner of the Tour de Yorkshire Land Art competition has been unveiled as an image of Branwell Brontë riding his bicycle – in the year which marks his 200th anniversary.

The iconic artwork was designed by Andrew Wood from Fields of Vision and created with help from schoolchildren in the heart of Brontë country – at Haworth Primary School, where the image appeared.

The artwork measured 80 X 65 metres was made using recycled materials including waste marquee carpet and 3,000 plant pots.

 

 The winners receive their trophy from Welcome to Yorkshire's Sir Gary Verity, Tour de Yorkshire Race Director.

 

THE 2016 WINNER

The Finest View, Sutton Bank, North York Moors - Congratulations!

 

The winners receive their trophy from Welcome to Yorkshire's Sir Gary Verity, Tour de Yorkshire Race Director

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