The Leap Celebrates the Grand Départ

Tour de France 2014Marking one month to go to the start of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, a team of cyclists, artists and farmers have come together to install the latest in a series of field art installations. The cyclists, who are part of the Fields of Vision initiative for the Yorkshire Festival 2014, will ride a short time trial in Oxenhope with their tyre tracks revealing the outline of a female figure celebrating the freedom cycling gave to women.


The giant installation, designed by West Yorkshire artist Louise Lockhart, will be seen by visitors to the county from June 5 and television viewers of the Tour de France when it starts in exactly one month’s time on July 5. The work – know as The Leap – will be one of 12 field art installations which will be visible across Stage Two of the Grand Départ.


Geoff Wood, creative director, Fields of Vision, said: ‘For our team working on Fields of Vision, the Tour de France is a fantastic chance to show just what talented artists we have in the region and to use their skills to make art on a truly epic scale. Delivering a project as ambitious as this has been a big undertaking. We are really looking forward to seeing the results of our work on the television and sharing our work with all the viewers. We hope, of course that this will encourage people to explore this glorious landscape.’


For more information about the Yorkshire Festival 2014, including the Fields of Vision project, see


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