Sculpture to delight future generations

A wooden sculpture marking the arrival of the Tour de France will take centre stage in a Sheffield park.

Friends of Grenoside Park say the sculpture, depicting a cyclist at speed, trailed by local birds and flames, will provide a ‘lasting legacy’.

It is being created by local artist Jason Thomson, whose other works can be seen in several Sheffield parks and along the Five Weirs Walk.

Using locally sourced wood, the sculpture will reflect Grenoside’s location on the edge of open countryside. The design included spaces for children to crawl into, climb and peek through, alongside seating.

Collett Bellamy, chairman of Friends of Grenoside Park, said: “We feel so lucky such a high-profile event will be passing right in front of our doorsteps.

“That’s why we wanted to mark the event in such a permanent and eye-catching way. We think this sculpture will be loved by adults and children for generations to come as a permanent reminder this global sporting contest came to visit.”

Fundraising, support from Wortley Rotary Club and grants from organisations paid for the sculpture.