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9-Year-Old Wins TDY Land Art Competition In Scarborough

9-Year-Old Wins TDY Land Art Competition In Scarborough

Published by Karen Liu at 2:50pm 21st March 2019. (Updated at 3:38pm 21st March 2019)

The winner of The Big Picture competition to create a design for land art to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire in the Borough of Scarborough has been revealed.

Libby Graham, age 9, who attends Wykeham Church of England Primary School, found out that her design has been chosen to create the central section of a giant piece of land art, The Big Picture, which will be installed in the grounds of Scarborough Castle for Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire and Stage Two of the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 4th May.

The winner’s announcement was done in front of fellow pupils and teachers, who were the first group of people to see the design in its giant land art form, measuring more than nine metres squared.

School children that entered the competition were asked to draw a design based on a theme of ‘Riding your Bike’ or ‘The Bicycle Race’.

The central section of the land art, created using the winning design, will be surrounded by eight further designs, each measuring one metre squared, designed by children who are runners up in the competition.

When all the sections are joined together, the finished land art will be the size of two double decker buses.

wykeham land art

The final display location of The Big Picture on the castle headland in Scarborough is a prime spot for aerial television shots of the Tour de Yorkshire, which offers a fantastic opportunity for the land art to be seen by millions of people around the world watching the race on television.

The first of the competition runners up, 9 year-old Noah Temple from Brompton and Sawdon Community Primary School, also found out that his design has been chosen to form part of The Big Picture during a presentation at Brompton Village Hall.

The competition and creation of the land art is being managed and produced by Animated Objects Theatre Company for Scarborough Borough Council, which has funded the initiative as part of its Tour de Yorkshire themed community engagement programme.

The company received more than 600 entries into the competition by children aged 7 to 11 years old from 25 schools across the Borough of Scarborough, which was a fantastic response and made judging a tricky task.

Lee Threadgold and Dawn Dyson-Threadgold from Animated Objects Theatre Company explained:

“We are delighted to have the ideas of young people at the heart of this year’s land art design.

The standard of entries was very high and it wasn’t an easy decision selecting which ones to feature in the land art.

It shows the level of interest children and families have in high profile sporting events of this kind that visit the borough.

Well done to all who entered the competition and huge congratulations to our winner and runners up!”

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council Tourism and Corporate Marketing Manager and Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director said:

“The competition has been a wonderful way of involving some of the youngest members of our communities in the passion and enthusiasm our borough has for the Tour de Yorkshire.

I am delighted for the winner and all the runners up and like them, I can’t wait to see the final giant land art take pride of place in the grounds of Scarborough Castle and be part of our Tour de Yorkshire celebrations.”

Seven more surprise runners up announcements will be made in the next two weeks.

The land art will also embark on a towns’ tour ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The dates, times and locations of the tour, where people will be able to see the giant land art up close, will be announced next month.

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