Artist’s bid to give Tour de France artwork permanent Leeds home

Artist Shane Green with his 'Peloton' sculpture outside Skipton Building Society in Otley.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Artist Shane Green with his 'Peloton' sculpture outside Skipton Building Society in Otley. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

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A Yorkshire artist is hoping to donate a nine foot long Tour de France sculpture to his home city as a permanent reminder of the 2014 Grand Départ.

Shane Green, 49, who also works as a teacher at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, is appealing for help and guidance from residents and Leeds City Council as he bids to relocate his ‘Peloton’ sculpture.

The 1.5 tonne piece, which depicts three cyclists on six connected pieces of Yorkshire Stone, has been in situ outside Skipton Building Society, in Boroughgate, Otley, since the July 6 and 7 spectacular but needs to be moved to allow for nearby renovation.

After initially intending to sell the piece, Shane now hopes to donate Peloton for free to go on display in Leeds although he will need help transporting it.

Shane, who also produced two public Tour murals in Otley, said: “It was just wonderful, those two days were phenomenal – I was inspired by it.

“I just thought when they did the bids for the Tour de France (Yorkshire Festival 2014), quite a few of them were transient. They were brilliant events, they were a legacy at the time but now they’re gone. I want to put down something permanent and mark the fact that the Tour came through Yorkshire.”

Aside from his Tour work, Shane was commissioned to complete 17 permanent wooden sculptures dotted around London for the 2012 Olympic Games and was behind the Calverley Angel sculpture and sculpture trails at Otley Chevin.

A council spokeswoman has invited him to speak with its curators. She said: “Having a lasting reminder of the Tour de France Grand Départ is definitely something we would consider.”

To contact Shane email shane.green4@btinternet.com.

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