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Jarvis Cocker is subject of Tour de France artwork

A 'Banksy style' stencil of Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker riding a bike near the Workstation, Sheffield

A 'Banksy style' stencil of Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker riding a bike near the Workstation, Sheffield

A Banksy-style image of Jarvis Cocker has appeared in Sheffield city centre to mark the Tour de France.

The life-sized artwork of the Pulp frontman riding a bike has been sprayed onto a wall near the Workstation, on Paternoster Row.

It is one of several images created by a London-based artist which have been mysteriously popping up along the route of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

The artist who goes by the name of ‘Stewy’ has not been commissioned by Tour organisers but said the cycle race had inspired him to create the work.

He said he deliberately chose artists not known for their cycling ability, and had permission to create the works from the building owners in South and West Yorkshire.

Each individual stencil of Yorkshire icons took weeks to prepare before being sprayed onto the walls along the route.

For stage one, the Grand Départ, on Saturday, July 5, riders will head from Leeds to Harrogate, with stage two, the following day, from York to Sheffield.

An image of Bradford’s David Hockney has appeared in both Keighley and Cross Roads, West Yorkshire.

The art legend is pictured on a traditional push-bike, ringing his bell and smoking a cigarette.

The Bronte sisters appear aboard a cycle rickshaw in an image in Haworth, West Yorkshire, where they hail from, poet Sylvia Plath is depicted in Hebden Bridge, also in West Yorkshire.

The fifth image, of Alan Bennett, appeared on a wall in Leeds but has now been covered up.

 

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