Artist Simon Manfield’s giant outdoor installation celebrates the upcoming Tour de France

A MAN AND HIS DOG

by JONATHAN BROWN

Sections of the stunning natural backdrop to the Yorkshire Tour de France routes are being given an artistic makeover.

A series of 12 expansive land art installations are being created across a 65mile stretch of the South Pennines in a bid to highlight the beautiful landscape that makes Yorkshire so unique.

Spearheaded by Worth Valley Young Farmers and rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects, the Fields of Vision project is a collaborative effort created for the Yorkshire Festival 2014 that aims to celebrate the Tour’s summer visit to the region.

Leeds Metropolitan University landscape architecture lecturer Trudi Entwistle is among the artists commissioned to transform a section of land into a piece of living art.

Her depiction of ‘Ripples’ has already been marked out and will see a geometric pattern etched into the banking through fertiliser that will dye strips of Lower Laithe reservoir, in Stanbury, near Haworth, into differing shades.

The Hebden Bridge-based artist said: “These land art pieces join up and it makes you walk from one to another – it can be seen from so many viewpoints, it’s almost like a treasure hunt.

“I hope our work raises the profile of the Yorkshire landscape as well as this huge cycling event that’s going to be rolling by.”for information.

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(YORKSHIRE EVENING POST  5.10.14)