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Monday, 4 July 2016

Sutton Bank team masters the fine art of celebrating the tour

Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Sir Gary Verity has presented the trophy to the winners of the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.
The art of success ... Sir Gary Verity hands over the trophy
 at a presentation at Sutton Bank.
The giant piece of art featuring a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank was crowned the winner of the competition after beating 11 other finalists in a public vote, in which more than 2,000 votes were cast.

The North York Moors national park authority and Hambleton district council commissioned the 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting, entitled The Finest View which shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

It was designed and created by the Landmark Collective, comprising artists Becky Newbould, Rob Conway, James Brunt, Timm Cleasby and Cath Smart and took them 14 days to complete using 1,000 litres of white biodegradable pitch-marking paint.

Becky said: “It has been an absolutely brilliant experience. We are just so grateful for everyone who voted for us as there were some awesome pieces created – the recognition is lovely.”

The design, which was seen by millions of TV viewers across the globe during the race, was drawn out on paper and mapped out on the Yorkshire Gliding Club’s airfield using a grid, tent pegs and string.

“We hadn’t seen the piece from above when we were creating it so it was hard to get the perspective right. It was only afterwards that we saw it so I was surprised how little needed changing,” added James.

“The grass on the airfield was perfect for it and the staff at the Yorkshire Gliding Club were brilliant - they really looked after us.”
Sir Gary said: “It was very striking and very large and a fantastic piece of art. They are worthy winners.”

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