Artists' field of vision marks countdown to Le Tour

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Part of the Fields of Vision project Part of the Fields of Vision project

A team of cyclists, artists and farmers have come together to help mark the countdown to the start of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France by installing the latest in a series of field art installations.

The cyclists, who are part of the Fields of Vision initiative for the Yorkshire Festival 2014, have ridden a short time trial in Oxenhope with their tyre tracks revealing the outline of a female figure celebrating the freedom cycling gave to women, called The Leap.

The giant installation, designed by West Yorkshire artist Louise Lockhart, will be seen by visitors to the county and television viewers of the Tour de France when the second stage of the famous race passes by on Sunday, July 6.

It will be one of 12 field art installations which will be visible on the stage.

Geoff Wood, creative director, Fields of Vision, said: “For our team working on Fields of Vision, the Tour de France is a fantastic chance to show just what talented artists we have in the region and to use their skills to make art on a truly epic scale.

“Delivering a project as ambitious as this has been a big undertaking.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the results of our work on the television and sharing our work with all the viewers.

“We hope, of course that this will encourage people to explore this glorious landscape.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s fitting that this team of cyclists should help us mark the start of the Tour.

“It is images like these, beamed to the world, which will put Yorkshire on the map globally. We’ve a month to go to the greatest sporting event in Yorkshire’s history, the county is crackling with excitement and we cannot wait to start welcoming the world.”

Final preparations are now under way for the county to be ready to welcome the world’s best cyclists and millions of spectators to the side of the road.

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