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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sutton Bank masters the art of winning tour celebrations with its finest view

Winning art ... the Finest View.
What have a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing in common?

The answer is they form a giant piece of art that's just taken the top prize in the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.

The 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting on the grassy airfield at the Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank beat entries from 11 other finalists to win the trophy.

The Finest View, commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council, shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

Richard Gunton, director of park services for the national park authority, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire was a great event which also highlighted the beauty of the national park and so we’re extremely proud to have won the competition.

“I have no doubt that author James Herriot would have shared our pride as the land art design paid homage to his declaration that the view from Sutton Bank was the finest in England.”

More than 2,000 votes were cast in the competition, which saw communities across the county come together to create dozens of spectacular pieces of land art to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.

Giant cycling jerseys at Sherburn in Elmet came a close second, while Giggleswick School’s stopwatch took third place.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part from the artists, to the school children and volunteers right across the county who devoted so much time and effort into being part of the competition.

“The standard of land art was truly incredible and really showcased the county’s talents and humour, as well as their passion for the race.”

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