Artists create Fields of Vision to mark Tour de France route

Posted: 4.08.14

A series of land art installations, three in Calderdale, will line the race route as part of the Fields of Vision project which animates Day Two of the Grand Départ on Sunday, July 6. The stunning landscape of the South Pennines will be seen by billions as the Tour de France peloton sweeps from York to Sheffield.

Internationally recognised artists, including several based within Calderdale will bring the landscape to life, demonstrating its unique beauty and the creativity of its people. All the artworks will be visible from the air as the television helicopters, broadcasting to 3.5 billion people, follow the race. They will also be visible from vantage points on the ground, throughout the summer. The Fields of Vision project is one of nearly 50 events, across Yorkshire, that make up the Yorkshire Festival 2014; 100 days of cultural events leading up to the Tour de France.

Dean Clough studio artist, Jo Gorner, has developed the themes from her latest body of work to create Field: Trace at Pecket Well, above Hebden Bridge. The artwork, which has been created through seeding and mowing patterns on to the hillside, can be viewed from a vantage point on Keighley Road.

At Yorkshire Water’s Baitings reservoir, near Ripponden, internationally renowned artist Imran Qureshi is creating two brand new pieces of work. Here and There and Bridging, are inspired by the local landscape, and are being created as a reflection of the reservoir water.

At Blackley in Elland, Hebden Bridge-based artist, Jane Revitt, is creating a flowing abstract representation of around 500 starlings swooping across the hillside. The piece will be designed to link the dramatic patterns made by the birds with the movement of the cyclists’ peloton where the riders flock together to save energy. This site also features in a free downloadable learning resource created by CAPE UK for use in schools across Yorkshire. Swoop will be visible from Elland with a vantage point at Elland Working Men’s Club.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Steve Sweeney, said: “I’m delighted that such major artworks are taking place in Calderdale. The Fields of Vision project has selected several of our most creative artists to inspire us and draw attention to the outstanding beauty of this district.

“We have such a strong heritage and tradition in the arts and it seems fitting that when people from all over the world tune in to watch the Tour de France they will see stunning artworks in our beautiful landscape.”

The project is led by Pennine Prospects, the rural regeneration company for the South Pennines. It is curated by Calderdale-based arts commissioner, Geoff Wood and is being delivered by a range of partners including Calderdale Young Farmers.

Richard Flint, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Water, said: “As one of Yorkshire’s biggest landowners, we’re really looking forward to showcasing our beautiful reservoir catchments in Calderdale on the worldwide stage. The collaboration that is taking place to deliver such stunning projects is fantastic.”

Pam Warhurst, chair of Pennine Prospects, said: “This huge land art project brings together those who work on the land, the creative community, as well as local people, to create 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 2014 and beyond.”

Henrietta Duckworth, Executive Producer of the Yorkshire Festival, added: “Yorkshire Festival 2014 is celebrating the county’s talented artists, beautiful landscapes and diverse communities as we prepare to welcome the world for the Grand Depart. Fields of Vision perfectly captures the vision of the festival bringing together artists, cyclists, farmers and landowners and local authorities to create huge, transformational art for everyone to discover – and all free to access.”

Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust