VIDEO: Sheffield fountains turn golden for Tour

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Sheffield’s famous fountains have been turned yellow today - to welcome the Tour de France in 100 days time.

The fountains in the Peace Gardens and Barkers Pool now have a golden hue as part of the first ever Yorkshire Festival arts festival before Le Grand Depart arrives in July.

Barker's pool water changing colour- Terry Wragg John McMillan and Rule Mowis

Barker's pool water changing colour- Terry Wragg John McMillan and Rule Mowis

Visual artist Terry Wragg worked on the fountain project, called Painting the City Yellow, with scientist John Macmillan and engineer Matthew Hill, using a dye called fluorescein.

The fountains will be yellow for two weeks.

Terry said: “It is amazing to see it come to life, the fountains are really bringing a smile to people’s faces.

“We wanted to do it in Sheffield because it has the best fountains, we reckon, and an imaginative council that have been supportive.”

The Yorkshire Festival will include dozens of events in the build-up to the Tour.

Tonight the fountains in the Peace Gardens will also be treated to special ultraviolet illumination.

The result will be a burst of fluorescence as the organic dye reacts to the light.

A number of tiny ultraviolet torches will be available for members of the public to see the colour effects at close quarters.

For more on the 100-day countdown, see tomorrow’s Star.