Bradford's Winking Goose And Turkey Shortlisted For Prize

The piece of land art created for the Tour de Yorkshire has made it to the final of the race's competition.

An amazing piece of artwork, created in the Bradford district to celebrate Tour de Yorkshire, has been shortlisted in Welcome to Yorkshire’s Land Art Competition.

The small village of Goose Eye near Oakworth has always celebrated the Tour de Yorkshire each time it has passed through.

For the 2019 race, with support from Bradford Council and in collaboration with local land art team Fields of Vision they wanted to create something quirky and unique to the village.

Nettie Ferrier, one of many locals who worked on the project, explained:

“We designed a winking goose in order to put a goose eye in Goose Eye and to reflect the sense of humour of the village population. So that the goose wasn’t lonely, a second bird was designed to wink back at the goose. As turkeys are reared locally and we were meeting in the village pub (The Turkey Inn), it wasn’t that difficult to decide what this bird would be.”

The Fields of Vision team, who have been creating artworks in the Yorkshire landscape since the Tour de France in 2014 came on board. They identified local landowners who were delighted to offer their fields for the images to be placed in and to help with the finishing touches of the designs.

Andrew Wood from the Fields of Vision team explained:

“This was a great project for us to be involved with as living locally we know most of the people involved. It was the first time we have worked on a split canvas, where two images in different places make up a single piece of land art. Design wise all we needed to do was to add a bike and as the Raleigh Chopper is an iconic bike that’s never featured in the Tour de Yorkshire, we thought it was about time it did and added its famous handlebars to the design.”

The villagers and Fields of Vision team installed the two 25m x 10m land art. They first plotted out the image of the birds, then joining the dots and finally coloured them in by spraying a coloured pigment, all of which were new experiences for many of the villagers.

David Senior from Goose Eye, said:

“When stood on the ground there seemed to be no sense to the measurements the Fields of Vision team were firing at us to mark, and even when we were colouring them in we were a bit dubious that it was going to look good, but when the drone took off and we looked at the images on the tablet we were amazed at the result. We’d ask that everyone lends us their vote to help us put this little known part of the Bradford district on the map and celebrate the great community spirit and hard work that went into this.”

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said:

“This is fantastic news. The people of Goose Eye and across the whole of the district have really embraced the Tour de Yorkshire over the years that we have been lucky enough to host it. The land art produced for this year’s event is really spectacular and the work put in by the Fields of Vision team and the villagers at Goose Eye was tremendous. I would encourage everyone to get voting for Goose Eye in this competition they truly deserve to win.”

The district previously won the Land Art competition in 2017 with the Bronte on a Bike piece created by Haworth Primary School in collaboration with the Fields of Vision Team. The district also came top in the Best Dressed Host Location award for its Stage 4 finish for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

To vote for Goose Eye in the competition visit https://letour.yorkshire.com/information/land-art


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