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Land Art Competition

We launched a competition to look for the best and most eye-catching land art alongside the route of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain and your entries were BRILLIANT!

We launched a competition to look for the best and most eye-catching land art alongside the route of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain and your entries were BRILLIANT!

We can now reveal that a group of North Devon farmers from South Molton have won the first ever National Land Art competition to be held during the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious cycle race.

The giant work of art, stretching more than 45 metres in width, featured alongside the route of Stage Two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain between Cranbrook and Barnstaple in September and comprised 19 tractors, 16 all-terrain vehicles, a 13-tonne excavator and one slurry tanker wrapped in plastic.

Over 50 entries from across the eight stages were received but judges, including OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett, were struck by both the size and complexity of the South Molton installation, which featured moving wheels, pedals and a chain.

The winners

Winners: Sing Contracting, South Molton Farmers and the NFU, Devon, Stage Two

The South Molton artwork was the brainchild of farmer and contractor Alun Sing and NFU South Molton chairman Adam Westaway, who built it with support from local farmers, South Molton Vintage Rally Club, agricultural dealerships and the YFC.

Its tractors and quads were piloted by volunteer drivers who drove round in circles for an hour-and-a-half, and were all in perfect sync as the Tour of Britain peloton raced by during the stage from Cranbrook to Barnstaple.

As well as showcasing the community efforts in North Devon to welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the work of art is helping to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance, with hundreds of pounds already raised via donations to the South Molton NFU or via the air ambulance website www.daat.org.

The runners-up

Runner-up one: Children of Brookside, Teresa Parr and Lucy Waterfield, Nottinghamshire (Stage Seven)

Runner-up two: John and Cathy Charles-Jones, Nottinghamshire (Stage Seven)

Runner-up three: Carmarthenshire Young Farmers, Carmarthenshire (Stage One)

What is land art?

The tradition of creating land art masterpieces along the route has long been the practice at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, as well as other cycle races around the world, but 2018 was the first time that we held a competition to find the best piece of land art.

Following the success of the inaugural contest, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain National Land Art Competition will return for the race’s 2019 edition, which takes place between Sunday 8 – Sunday 15 September.

Community groups, schools, businesses and land owners across Britain will be encouraged to take part; full details of the 2019 race route will be unveiled next spring, with entry information following in due course.

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