Frank’s giant Spartacus will be looking down as Tour racers pass by

Keighley News: Lining up with the Tour de France boards are, from left, Tim Jickells, of Leeds City College Keighley Campus, students Saif Ahmed and Carl Falkingham, Thomas Brooks of Fab Lab, and cyclist Frank O’Dwyer Lining up with the Tour de France boards are, from left, Tim Jickells, of Leeds City College Keighley Campus, students Saif Ahmed and Carl Falkingham, Thomas Brooks of Fab Lab, and cyclist Frank O’Dwyer

The first full-size figure for a series of giant Tour de France art installations is now complete.

A huge plywood figure portraying Swiss Tour cyclist Fabian Cancellara – known as Spartacus – has been cut out and painted, thanks to the involvement of Keighley’s Fab Lab in Dalton Lane and students at Keighley Campus Leeds City College.

The project is the brainchild of Keighley cycling enthusiast Frank O’Dwyer, from Black Hill.

Once the four remaining planned figures have been completed, the installations will be displayed around Keighley to decorate the Tour de France route.

Each figure will be about 16 feet high and 19 feet across and they are being sponsored by local businesses.

Mr O’Dwyer said he was very pleased with the appearance of the first figure to have been finished.

“Keighley Campus Leeds City College has been brilliant – it has pulled all the stops out because these are very large pieces of material we’re dealing with,” he added.

“The pieces for the other figures will be sent out to schools that have got involved.

“The children will paint them, then they’ll be sent back to the college to be varnished and made weatherproof.

“The help and work done by Fab Lab and the college have made this project possible.

“Without them and the team of sponsors, none of this would have happened.”

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