Yorkshire Festival to showcase region to the world

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey). Photo: PA Wire
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Art visible from the sky will show the world the beauty of the South Pennines as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014.

In the first ever cultural festival to be held in the run-up to the Tour de France’s Grand Depart, Yorkshire has dozens of special events lined up between March 27 and July 6.

Fields of Vision is one of almost 50 projects to be chosen as part of the festival, which builds on an idea from the Worth Valley Young Farmers Club.

It will be delivered by a partnership co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects and comprising local arts producers, the arts festivals of Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Holmfirth, the Sports Turf Research Institute and Ilkley Cycling Club.

Visible from the sky and at ground level, Fields of Visionis a series of huge land art installations forming a trail through the stunning South Pennines landscape, the backdrop of day two of the Grand Depart.

Commissioned artists will interpret the landscape and work with local communities to show the influence of water on life and land.

Local groups, schools and the wider community will be involved in sowing, cutting and wearing designs into fields in the South Pennines during the Spring.

Installations include a specially commissioned poem, reproduced at landscape scale, to introduce the trail, a vast planted grass mosaic and a continuous line drawing brought to life by local cyclists.

Pam Warhurst, chair of Pennine Prospects, said: “This huge 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 Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, who have co-ordinated local authority support for the festival, said: “Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a spectacular experience with a packed programme celebrating the strength of the arts across the region.

“We are proud to have been involved and look forward to its success.”