An exciting project originating in the Worth Valley is among 47 schemes approved for the 100-day cultural festival leading up to the Grand Depart.
The successful commissions for Yorkshire Festival 2014 are being officially revealed in Leeds today.
Among them is Fields of Vision, a land art initiative building on an idea first put forward by the Worth Valley Young Farmers Club.
It will be delivered by a partnership co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects, and will include huge land art installations across the South Pennines, including locations in Hainworth, Stanbury and along the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
Local groups, schools and the wider community will be involved in sowing and cutting designs into a series of fields during the Spring.
Andrew Wood, of Worth Valley Young Farmers, paid tribute to the Worth the Tour group, The Sports Turf Research Institute and Pennine Prospects, which enabled him and his colleagues to progress their idea.
“It’s quite a coup for us to have this chosen, when only 47 out of 400 submissions were selected,” he said.
“Millions of people all over the world will see these artworks.
“A lot of the art will be created through sowing, which will be done when the weather is good enough.
“Most of the designs haven’t been created yet, but we’ve chosen sites where the art will be visible from ground level, as well as from the air.
We want this to be for local people – not just for the TV cameras and helicopters.
Liz Barker, of Worth the Tour, a community group set up to co-ordinate local activities around Le Tour, said: “We’re very proud and excited one of the great projects we’re supporting has been selected as an official cultural festival event.
“We’re now looking forward to helping bring the project to life. We know it’s going to be a huge attraction.”
Pennine Prospects chairman, Pam Warhurst, said: “This land-art project brings together artists, young farmers, cyclists and the community to sew and weave original designs into the stunning South Pennines landscape.
“The installations will grow and flourish during the festival to really put the South Pennines on the map during the Tour de France.”
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council executive member for employment, skills and culture, said she was delighted that a project which originated in the Bradford district that involves so many organisations and sites has been chosen as part of the Yorkshire Cultural Festival.
“We're working with a number of organisations and groups to ensure that the Tour de France experience promotes the creativity and energy within the district,” she added.
Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the world’s first cultural festival to run alongside the build-up to the Tour de France.
The event begins on March 27, and is designed to promote the county’s artistic heritage and landscapes.
It is the brainchild of Welcome to Yorkshire, and has been backed by Yorkshire Water, Arts Council England and Yorkshire local authorities.
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