Doncaster residents urged to get creative for Tour de Yorkshire cycle race

Land art as part of last year's Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
Land art as part of last year's Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

Businesses, landowners, farmers, schools and community groups across Doncaster are being urged to get creative and create public artwork along the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race route.

Since the Grand Départ Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France in 2014, land art has come to play a huge role in Yorkshire’s cycling legacy, with images of dramatic creations beamed to TV audiences around the world as the peloton wound its way through the county’s spectacular scenery.

And now, people in Doncaster are being urged to come up with art for all to see as part of Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire, which will roll into Doncaster on Saturday, April 30. It will take in some of Doncaster’s most scenic areas including Conisbrough Castle, Hickleton, Barnburgh and High Melton. As part of the lining the Route land art competition, members of the public are being encouraged to once again attract the cameras by turning fields, hills, market squares and even car parks into unique works of art that celebrate their local community.

The public will then be able to vote for their favourite installation over the race weekend and during the days that follow, with the winner taking home the Lining the Route land art trophy.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race co-organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s land art has attracted a lot of attention in the past, with people creating everything from multi-coloured sheep and spotty houses, to huge murals and striking street art. With coverage of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire set to be broadcast to countries around the globe, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your community and shout to the world about what Yorkshire has to offer.”

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