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Dumped bikes transformed into sculpture to mark Tour’s Sheffield visit

Artists Robin Widdowson and Sara Beavan-Widdowson with the early stages of the sculpture.

Artists Robin Widdowson and Sara Beavan-Widdowson with the early stages of the sculpture.

Old bike wheels and handle are being given a new lease of life to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Sheffield.

Residents in Worrall have helped make a sculpture – a 2.5m high wreath of bicycle parts stripped from unwanted bikes – to mark the famous cycle race passing through their community on Sunday, July 6.

The 60 bikes were recovered from household waste recycling centres and supplied by Veolia in partnership with the Green Company and Sheffield Council.

Professional artists Robin Widdowson and Sara Beavan-Widdowson have led the project and families were invited to attend drop in sessions and add their own touches to the artwork.

The artists said: “This is an exciting project and something we are proud of.

“The sculpture will not only celebrate the Tour de France racing through Worrall, it will also represent the community as they unite to each play a part in constructing the sculpture – providing a real sense of ownership.”

The sculpture, called Up-Cycle, will be installed at the junction of Haggstones Road and Kirk Edge Road, which is on the route the tour will take through Sheffield.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam MP, will officially unveil the statue on Friday.

David Wright, an assistant manager for a Veolia household waste recycling centre, said: “The sculpture will not only celebrate the Tour de France, but also demonstrate and symbolise recycling as we strive to make Sheffield even greener by urging residents to recycle as much as they can for the future of our city.

“We are delighted to support this project by supplying the bicycles from our recycling centres and we will ensure any remaining components are recycled.”

A number of businesses are supporting the special project,as well as both Worrall Community Association and Bradfield Parish Council.

 

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