The biggest and best land art yet

Four fantastic land art creations will line the Tour de Yorkshire route as it passes through Barnsley and into neighbouring Rotherham on Friday 4 May.

Following the success of the In Gear arts programme in 2017, this year’s aim was to create even bigger and bolder land art. To achieve this ambition, the council’s arts and events team have worked closely with communities and groups to bring their ideas to life.  

Starting in the town centre, helicopter cameras will easily pick up the impressive artwork located on the top of the multi storey car park.

The striking, colourful design is the work of Creative Recovery, a local charity supporting people in recovery from drug and alcohol and mental health issues. They have been commissioned to transform the open-air top level of the car park into a giant piece of land art which measures 59.2m by 47.1m.

At Thurgoland bank, Superfast South Yorkshire have created their own interpretation of the cycle race with a design featuring a bike and Wi-Fi logo, visible from the route.

As the race heads out towards Hoyland, another large scale land art, one of a number of pieces to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, can be seen on the Platts Common recreation ground.

The land art created by artist Patrick Murphy and photographer Anton Want with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) is a contemporary interpretation of one of the key images linked to the book and the film – the kestrel. It will be visible from the surrounding area, both from the air and at ground level, reflecting the cycling that will pass by. 

Then finally as the race exits Barnsley and heads out towards neighbouring Rotherham the cyclists will pass Wentworth Woodhouse and its impressive colourful confetti trail created by artist group Landmark Collective on the lawn in front of the house to represent its history.

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