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Triathlon sculpture honours Brownlee brothers
8:47am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Local news
Champion triathletes the Brownlee brothers saw a statue unveiled in their honour on Friday. Alistair and Jonny were on hand to see the artwork called Triathlon go on show in their home village of Bramhope. It has been put up in Jubilee Copse Park as a permanent tribute by villagers to the brothers’ achievements. The triathlon at the London Olympics 2012 captured the attention of the world when Alistair won gold and Jonny bronze in dramatic fashion.
Councillor Denis Johnson, chairman of Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council, who commissioned the artwork said: “Public opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of something permanent and visible to commemorate this special sporting achievement.
“By great good fortune the parish council were able to find the ideal tribute – a statue specifically about the triathlon event with a strong local connection that the Brownlee brothers approved of.”
The eight-foot-high Triathlon statue is by local sculptor Shane Green, well known for his chainsaw sculptures such as the Chevin sculpture trail.
“Erecting such a large piece is not straightforward. Luckily we had the ideal site,” added Councillor Johnson.
“Jubilee Copse park is a linear park that runs alongside the main A660 between Leeds and Otley and we decided that the statue should sit at the beginning of the park, at the junction between The Birches and Leeds Road, so that it can be seen by everyone entering Bramhope from the Leeds direction.
“After that we had to get planning permission, prepare the site and install a base and a plinth. We are grateful to local firms Mone Bros Quarry and B Houldsworth & Son who donated these elements.”
The unveiling of the statue was the Olympic athletes’ first appearance after returning from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.