Baildon Land Art At UCI Road World Championships Wins Top Prize

The design at Hollins Hall Hotel has been voted the best by the public.

The winner of the Land Art Competition run by Yorkshire 2019 and Welcome to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships was a piece created in Baildon in the Bradford district.

Third place in the prestigious competition also went to a piece created in the Bradford district in Shipley.

The winner was selected via a public online vote and people voted in their thousands with the piece created in Baildon gaining the most votes.

The Women Elite Road Race of the UCI Road World Championships started in Bradford city centre on Saturday 28 September and the route took the riders through the city centre, Lister Park, Shipley and the bottom of Baildon.

The winning land art entitled ‘Baildon Welcomes the World’was created in a field owned by the Hollins Hall Hotel by artists Tim Curtis and Luke Owens (Proper Cycling) with children from all five Baildon Schools (Titus Salt School, Baildon CE, Sandal Primary, Hoyle Court Primary and Glenaire Primary).

The idea for the land-art was presented by Tim to Baildon Town Council and the town council led a huge community effort to raise funds for the project including a large fundraising dinner.

The piece was produced in collaboration with Saltaire Gym Club, The Hollins Hall Hotel, Baildon BIG, Baildon Town Council, Bradford Council and Baildon Belles WI.

The land art depicts a giant bike with the town name ‘BAILDON’. The 1,600m2 grass painting was brought to life by children from all five local schools who ‘turned’ the two huge UCI rainbow-segmented parachute wheels, in display choreographed by coaches from Saltaire Gym Club,  to give the effect of a giant bike going up Hollins Hill as the riders passed by.

The land art in third place is ‘Fish on a bicycle’ which was created on Bradford Council land off Coach Road in Shipley. It takes the shape of a fish on a bicycle and is made of waste commonly pulled from the nearby River Aire.

Local artists Sand in Your Eye created the outline and Bradford Council’s drainage and recycling teams worked with the Environment Agency and The Aire Rivers Trust to create a piece of artwork with local recycling, litter-picking and plastic free groups in Saltaire combining art, cycling, climate action and a plastic-free environment.

The groups have all been working together clearing the river of debris washed in to it during the terrible Boxing Day floods that affected the area and many parts of Yorkshire.

Land art and route dressing has become increasingly popular in Yorkshire since the Grand Depart of the Tour de France came to the region in 2014.

Out of the ten pieces that made the shortlist, three were created in the Bradford district and were supported by Bradford Council.

Bradford has a track record when it comes to land art, winning the Land Art trophy for the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race in both 2017 and in 2019 and winning best dressed host location for Ilkley in 2018.

Saira Ali, who co-ordinates land art and route dressing for Bradford Council, said:

“This is excellent news. We’re delighted that the land art created at Baildon was voted top in the Yorkshire 2019 competition by members of the public.

“An awful lot of work goes in to creating land art for these events and those who were involved should be really proud of their achievements.

“We supported the production several pieces of land art in the Bradford district and are delighted that two of them came out in the top three.”

A spokesperson for Baildon Town Council, said:

“Baildon is thrilled to have won the UCI land art competition for Yorkshire 2019. Hooray!

“Baildon is famous for its community spirit, and for this exciting and ambitious project, absolutely everyone got involved and made it happen. Thanks go to every group, but especially Baildon BIG and Baildon Fair Trade who worked with Baildon Town Council throughout 

“And enormous credit also goes to Hollins Hall Hotel for their professional and can do approach, hosting both the land art itself and the vitally important fundraising dinner. 

“Baildon is fortunate to have local artists Tim and Luke, their creative vision and partnership work with Baildon schools means that this project has touched every child in Baildon. What a team!”


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