Giant geometric kestrel will welcome riders to Barnsley

23 April 2018

A giant geometric kestrel will be revealed in a field in Barnsley next month to mark the Tour de Yorkshire.

Artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want have been commissioned by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) and Barnsley Council to create a giant piece of land art to celebrate the cycling race passing through the town on Friday 4 May.

The kestrel will be constructed alongside the route in Crown Platts Recreation Ground in Hoyland, Barnsley. It will form a geometric representation of ‘Kes’ from the Barnsley-based novel A Kestrel for a Knave which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year.

The large-scale artwork, made of giant white fabric strips, will measure 90 metres by 130 metres. The DVLP is calling on volunteers in the community to help reveal the final Kes image by rolling out the fabric across the field on Thursday 3 May between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Sally Gawthorpe, community officer at the DVLP, said: “What better way to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Barnsley than to mark the route with a huge symbol of Kes to continue our 50th anniversary celebrations? We’d love to see as many people as possible come to Crown Platts Recreation Ground for a few hours before the tour arrives to help us reveal this iconic artwork.”

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is a five-year scheme running until June 2019, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project team based at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is made up of five people working on a range of environmental, heritage and community projects. For more information on the DVLP, visit:

Those interested in taking part in the land art reveal should email or call 01226 772414 to confirm their place by Tuesday 1 May. To find out more about the #Kes50 project please visit:

Notes to editor

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Photograph shows an artist’s impression of the Kes land art in Hoyland

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership

The lead partner of the The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is Barnsley Council with a partnership that includes Rotherham and Doncaster Councils, the RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Garganey Trust and others. The DVLP is part of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Services and is based at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

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