Tour de France inspired art and design in Britain

Street Art by Stewy

Alan Bennett
Bradford-born David Hockney
The Bronte Sisters
Sylvia Plath

Tour de France is starting today in Leeds, Yorkshire. In the run up to the Grand Départ there have been cycle inspired art and design events appearing across Britain.

A street artist has created stencilled works of famous artists, writers and musicians along Yorkshire’s Tour de France route. Stewy, based in Bristol, had permission to create the works from building owners in West and South Yorkshire. The artist has not been commissioned by organisers of the Tour de France but said the cycle race had inspired him.

The five stencils all feature Yorkshire-born artists, from the Bronte sisters to David Hockney, on bikes in places associated with them. 

Jarvis Cocker

Petit Tour Eiffel outside a church in Yorkshire

Dry stone wall bike by Gary Helliwell

Have you rode the Chris Froome train?

Phone boxes in Leeds

Traffic bollards in Silsden

Information posters

They’re taking over – guerilla cycle parking

Houses and cafés getting a lick of paint

Even a giant airfield design by Nicola Burrell

And finally… the sheep.

Also don’t forget to check out the Yorkshire in Yellow in Exhibition, by Made North, which started during Sheffield’s Design Week.

Have you seen any more great examples of art and design for this years Tour de France?


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