Voting is now open in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s 2019 National Land Art Competition, which celebrates the best of the roadside fan installations that brilliantly decorated the route of September’s race.

This year we have had an amazing array of land art creations across our eight days of racing and we want to thank each and every one of the communities out across the UK that took the time to design, create and carry out their pieces.

There were over 30 entries put forward to be judged by the official Tour of Britain judging panel, all of which were creative, innovative and resourceful pieces. This made it a tough judging process for our panel this past week.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist of eight entries. The judging is now over to you, the public, to select the 2019 champion. All you need to do is vote below on your favourite.

The entry with the highest votes will be crowned the 2019 land art winner and receive a trophy presented to them in person by our race director Mick Bennett. The entries with the second and third top votes will be our final runners up.

Vote for the 2019 winner

Voting has now closed in OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s 2019 National Land Art Competition. More information to follow.

Discover our finalists

Sedbergh School

Stage four: Gateshead to Kendal

Land Art

This piece was a large painting created by one of the school’s A-level students, Ruby Page of Lupton House, as part of her end of year A2 examination project entitles Cyclists going for gold.

She was captivated by the movement, speed and the colours that cyclists portray. Sedbergh School is renowned for its excellent level of sport so it is with the spirit of Sedbergh school that the piece was articulated by Ruby. The piece was painted using acrylic paint and the background collaged and was scaled up to 20m in length.

Pershore Town Football Club

Stage six: The Pershore Individual Time Trial

Land Art

The football club welcomed the time trial on stage six of the 2019 race with a land art piece created entirely from the youth team’s equipment. On the club’s pitch, they displayed the land art with football shirts, cones, balls and a flag and the creators stood with their piece waving and cheering on the day.

Wigan’s Haigh Estate

Stage eight: Altrincham to Manchester

Land Art

The piece was created at Haigh Country Park by school children and community participants. The 24m x 24m piece, designed by professional artist Dani Gaines, is an abstract representation of a cyclist riding a bike on a field at Haigh. The design used repeating circle motif taking inspiration from the wheels and gears of a bike.

The O shape also mirrors the race’s title sponsor OVO Energy. It was made by cutting out large circles from coloured tarpaulin and securing these down with tent pegs in the field. The red, white and black colours were used to make the design to stand out well on the green canvas of the field.

Egerton Park and Walmsley C of E Primary School

Stage eight: Altrincham to Manchester

Land Art

Cllr Samantha Connor, the vice chair of Egerton Park Improvement Committee (EPIC), was keen to get the local schools involved in the Egerton community and utilising the park while also getting the area excited about the Tour.

With a lot of enthusiasm and commitment, she coordinated with Miram, play and youth leader at Play & Youth Bolton, and Walmsley C of E primary school, to create a cyclist on a bike using plastic crates, decorated tables, tyres planks of wood, two parachute circles and lots of blue chairs. They encouraged the whole community to get involved and watch on the day.

Berwick Wheelers at Gray’s Farm

Stage three: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Land Art

This large-scale bicycle was created free-hand by Berwick Wheelers in Jan Gray’s farm. The piece was approximately 220m high, with a total circumference of approximately 1 mile.  There was no GPS involved in the making of this.

The team got the dimensions of the field and created a scale sketch of a bike on paper. They worked out measurements of the bike through marking points on the ground, using wood, rope, pegs and a detailed eye – and even a bit of Pythagoras – to locate where the sections of a bike would be and what size they would need to be. They even created the wheels through marking out the radius with pegs at four key points (like points on a clock). Once all markings were set out, the grass was mowed, the key areas were sprayed with weed killer, and the piece was formed!

Crossmichael Primary School

Stage one: Glasgow to Kirkcudbright

Land Art

The school created a bicycle with a rider and the school’s name next to it. They have a longstanding staff member who is a regular and keen cyclist that is always promoting cycling within the school encouraging everyone to get out on bikes and enjoy the lovely rural countryside that we live in.

Pupils at the school also participate in Bikeability training, so they felt a bike design seemed the most fitting way for them to celebrate the tour passing our village.

Hazel Grove High School

Stage eight: Altrincham to Manchester

Land Art

Hazel Grove High School created a 54ft Manchester Bee, completed with a cyclist riding around it to look like it was flying. The community here created the piece using emulsion paint and roller brushes with help from some of the students at Hazel Grove High School.

Bamburgh Castle

Stage three: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Land Art

The castle’s maintenance manager Andrew Heeley created the Bamburgh Bike at the castle. Andrew measured out and designed the 60m x 40m bike. Then, with another of the castle team staff Rob Turner, created the bike, assisted by volunteers from the village. The community at the castle felt the bike – and the race – brought a sense of pride to them all.

A stand-out piece

Despite not being an official entry in to our National Land Art Competition, we would like to give a special mention to an incredible piece of land art created by Swiss artist Saype: To The Moon depicts a child piloting a toy plane in space, is over 5,000sqm, the size of a football pitch.

It is inspired by the themes of exploration and discovery, which define Wirral’s current year as Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region. The artwork has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

Switzerland-based Saype, who started his career as a graffiti artist, and his team took five days to create the image ­­– using chalk and charcoal – on a massive scale. He specialises in large images which can be seen from above, including a recent work on the Champs de Mars by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Saype currently lives and works in Moutier, Switzerland. Self-taught, he began painting graffiti at the age of 14, before moving from the street into the studio, with his first gallery exhibition at the age of 16. A pioneer in painting outdoor and onto grass since 2013, Saype’s gigantic artworks in landscapes are created using a 100% biodegradable paint.

Downloads and links

Click here for more information on land art | Click here to explore the 2019 entries (gallery)