Land art shortlisted in Tour de Yorkshire competition

Friday, 31 May 2019
Image of The Big Picture land art in the grounds of Scarborough Castle

Tour de Yorkshire organisers Welcome to Yorkshire have announced that voting is now open for the race’s 2019 Land Art Competition.

Spectacular land art creations could be seen animating the route over the four days of action between 2 to 5 May, and 12 pieces have now been shortlisted to go head-to-head in a public vote.

The nominees in our area are:

  • The Big Picture - a cycling-themed canvas-style mosaic at Scarborough Castle commissioned by us and created by Animated Objects Theatre Company with input from thousands of local schoolchildren (pictured above)
  • A giant love heart made using eco-bricks, bikes and up-cycled pallets in Cayton – created by pupils from Cayton Primary School (pictured below)

You can vote online for your favourite at   

The nominees elsewhere in Yorkshire are:

  • A Yorkshire landscape in Beswick - created by pupils from Beswick & Watton Primary School – highlighting the need to reduce the use of plastic. The design is based on the school’s crest.
  • A large swan made from individually decorated CDs in Swanland – created by pupils from Swanland Primary School
  • Cyclists in action in Askern – created by Askern Miners Welfare Club using a special robotic line maker
  • A giant heart made from thousands of pairs of donated trainers in Exelby – created by the teams at Mackenzie Thorpe and Help for Heroes
  • A 3D wheel and cog design at Wilthorpe Park in Barnsley - created by James Brunt – inspired by the race, the community and Barnsley’s industrial heritage
  • A golf-themed Tour de Yorkshire design in Bedale – created by Bedale Golf Club and Bedale Primary School – made from golf bags, balls and clubs
  • A chalk bike creating waves with fish swimming in its wake in Bridlington – created by students from East Riding College
  • A picture of the Brownlee Brothers riding along the Cycle Superhighway in Gotts Park in Armley – created by Fields of Vision and West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • A giant washing line with each of the Tour de Yorkshire jerseys hanging from it in Middleham - created by pupils at Middleham and Spennithorne Primary Schools
  • A winking goose and turkey riding bikes in Goose Eye - created by Andrew Wood – inspired by the village name and local turkey farms

The deadline for voting is midnight on Friday 14 June and once the numbers have been counted and verified, the winner will be presented with the coveted Tour de Yorkshire Land Art Trophy.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd said:

"Giant, spectacular land art is now synonymous with the Tour de Yorkshire and we’re always amazed by the number and quality of the pieces we see lining the route each year.

"The effort people put in to produce these eye-catching creations is truly unbelievable, and organising this competition is our way of rewarding that ambition and endeavour.

"We’d like to thank everyone who created land art for this year’s race. It was an incredibly tough job compiling the shortlist because we had so many great, imaginative entries, and we wish the very best of luck to all those who have been selected."

Last year’s winner was the iconic 'Confetti Land Art' project commissioned at Wentworth Woodhouse and created by James Brunt and his team at The Landmark Collective.

In June a public Twitter vote will also be held to determine the winners of the Tour de Yorkshire's Best Dressed competition. The four categories are: Best Dressed Village, Best Dressed Town, Best Dressed Host Location and Spirit of Le Tour.

Welcome to Yorkshire is currently compiling a shortlist of the top four entries from each category and they will go to a public vote at @letouryorkshire. The lucky winner of each category will then be presented with an exclusive commemorative plaque.

Picture of the eco themed land art in Cayton by Cayton Primary School