Otley students capture movement in Tour de France sculpture

Wharfedale Observer: Prince Henry's Grammar School students with their Tour de France sculpture. Prince Henry's Grammar School students with their Tour de France sculpture.

Otley students have created an artistic 'Tour de Force' ahead of Le Grand Depart.

The Year 9 pupils at Prince Henry’s Grammar School used willow, chicken wire and bicycles to produce their Tour de France inspired sculpture.

The work was part of the school's Tour de France themed curriculum, across all subjects, in the run-up to its annual International Day - which this year is focused on the French-speaking world.

The artwork is on show on the front lawn at Prince Henry’s and shows a breakaway group of five cyclists and the movement of the air behind them as they race towards the finish.

Art teacher Natalie Sadler said: "The sculpture is made of transient materials to reflect the fleeting moment of the passing of the peleton – the flowing circles and sweeping curves of the willow show the turbulence of the air as they fly by.

"It is great to have something like the Tour de France to inspire the students and it also gives us the opportunity to teach them about working in different media and styles of art."

The students involved in creating the sculpture were: Tim Frankland, Harry Ford, Peter Goodman, Ellie Bartle, Emily Buttery, Charlotte Rich, Emilia Blackie, Jura Stewart, Rory Deignan, Rosie Clowes, Megan Hey, Eleri Haines, Lily Riley, Lewis Mitchell, Sophie Benn, Ellie Ginn, Catherine Cunningham, Fran Robinson, Rory Deignan, Rosie Clowes, and Emilia Blackie.

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