Sculpture to mark Tour De France village visit

The sculpture in Grenoside Park
The sculpture in Grenoside Park
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A sculpture marking the Tour de France’s visit to a South Yorkshire village has been unveiled.

The iconic wooden sculpture, which was paid for through community fundraising, has been installed in Grenoside Park and was officially unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

Local artist Jason Thomson worked on the sculpture, which depicts a cyclist travelling at speed trailed by birds and flames.

The design includes spaces for children to crawl into as well as seating and was created from Grenoside wood.

Collett Bellamy, chairwoman of Friends of Grenoside Park, said: “We feel so lucky that the Tour de France came past, literally right in front of our doorsteps. That’s why we wanted to mark the event in such a permanent and eye-catching way.

“This sculpture will be loved by adults and children for generations to come, as a permanent reminder that this global sporting contest came to visit our village. We also hope that this will be a catalyst for further development and investment into our lovely community park.”