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Bedale students create giant land art with used trainers

Bedale students create giant land art with used trainers

Published at 6:43am 3rd May 2019.

Schools get involved in giant art projects for Tour de Yorkshire

  • Bedale High School students have been working with artist Mackenzie Thorpe on a giant piece of art created from donated trainers.
  • Other youngsters have produced their own pieces of land art.
  • These have been creased with old golf equipment and recycled school uniform.

High profile artist Mackenzie Thorpe has been helping school pupils welcome the Tour de Yorkshire with a poignant piece of land art created from donated trainers.

The artist has been in North Yorkshire helping students from Bedale High School create an enormous piece of artwork in a field just outside the town, which will host the finish of stage one of the women’s race and stage two of the men’s race today (Friday, May 3).

The artwork, organised by Mackenzie Thorpe’s Arthaus gallery in Richmond, is raising money for the Tour de Yorkshire’s official charity, Help for Heroes.

It depicts one of Mackenzie Thorpe’s recognisable hearts spread across a field, with the number seven at its centre. The number represents the seven individuals who every day are medically discharged from the Armed Forces and raises awareness of the issues facing veterans and their families.

The land art creation is made up entirely of new and old trainers donated by students, parents and staff from Bedale High School, local primary schools and also community donations which were dropped off at collection points at RAF Leeming and the Co-op store in Bedale.

The art piece will be on display in a field close to the school on Exelby Road. 

Mackenzie Thorpe, the official artist for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, said:

“This is essentially to get the next generation of young people involved in art and to work with a real artist, passing down ideas and breaking down barriers. What we’re doing is creating something together.

“They started creating this in a school building, when they started putting shoes down, then moving back and looking at them and walking back to them.

“It felt like leaving flowers and it was very poignant and intense, it became very real.”

Other North Yorkshire County Council schools have also been hard at work creating their own pieces of land art, which should be seen from the helicopters recording the aerial footage of the race as it happens.

Bedale Primary School pupils have been working closely with Bedale Golf Club to produce land art using golf equipment and recycled school uniform.

The school has collected old uniforms in blue and yellow which will be used to make some of the art work, which will depict a bicycle tyre, the Bedale Cross, while golf balls will be used to create other designs.

Later today, Mowbray School in Bedale will be putting together its own giant art work on the main playing field next to the school, while staff will be in the main town later in the day, helping spectators welcome the Tour de Yorkshire by signing phrases in Makaton sign language.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, executive member for education and skills, said:

“Young people across the county have been wholeheartedly getting involved in community events for the Tour de Yorkshire. The creativity, hard work and enthusiasm of pupils and teaching staff is evident to see across the county as it celebrates the race and is an important part of the celebrations.”

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