Today marks one month since the 2019 UCI Road World Championships reached a gripping conclusion, and to celebrate the occasion, Yorkshire 2019 and Welcome to Yorkshire have announced that voting is now open to find the winner of their coveted land art competition.
Spectacular land art has become synonymous with world-class cycling in Yorkshire, and ever since the Tour de France visited the county in 2014, more and more installations have popped up in every subsequent edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Yorkshire 2019 were keen to continue that tradition during the Championships and joined forces with Welcome to Yorkshire to launch their own version of the competition on Yorkshire Day (1 August).
Those who entered saw their giant creations being beamed to an estimated global TV audience of 250 million people and 10 of the best are now being put to a public vote.
The nominees are:
Baildon - A 1,600m2 grass painting of a cyclist brought to life by local schoolchildren who turned two giant rainbow wheels as the riders passed.
Bradford – A giant female cyclist riding through a ford, leaving rainbow-coloured droplets and tyre marks in her wake.
Carperby – A huge rainbow jersey sitting alongside the famous Yorkshire greeting “Ey Up” Carperby.
Catterick Garrison – A smiling garrison soldier, complete with medal and rainbow-themed Yorkshire rose.
Harrogate High School – A bicycle and environmentally friendly images paired with the UCI’s iconic rainbow bands. The design also featured flags of 90 different nationalities taking part in the Championships.
Masham – A mammoth Masham crest made using pallets, scaffolding poles, silage wrap, animal feed bags, tarpaulins and curtains.
Northallerton – A cycling-inspired ‘Northallerton Welcomes the World’ grass painting measuring 79m across which took local schoolchildren two weekends to complete.
Shipley – A gigantic fish on a bicycle made from recycled materials to promote art, cycling, climate action and a plastic-free environment.
The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate – A giant smiley face painted alongside the rainbow bands to honour Harrogate regularly being voted as being one of the happiest places to live in the UK.
Thorne – A giant bicycle created by the Trust 22 charity using plastic collected from households over a month-long period right across the town.
Voting is taking place at the Worlds Yorkshire website and will remain open until 5pm (UK time) on Friday 8th November.
The results will then be counted and verified and one lucky winner will be presented with a signed and framed world champion’s jersey. Two runners up will also be rewarded with special commemorative trophies.
Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “This competition is our way of saying thank you to all those imaginative people who went to such great lengths to produce these wonderful pieces of art. They all looked absolutely stunning on TV and demonstrated how proud people were to have this once-in-a-generation event visiting their communities.
“It was an incredibly tough job compiling the shortlist because we had so many great entries, and we wish the very best of luck to all those who have been shortlisted.”
Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd: “Nowhere does land art like we do here in Yorkshire and these installations really do help promote the county to a global audience. The creativity - and ways communities came together to produce them - was truly heart-warming to see and ensured Yorkshire put on an unforgettable show.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the competition and look forward to seeing the results.”