Sutton Bank takes Tour land art trophy

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A giant piece of art featuring a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing has been crowned the winner of the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.

The whopping 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting on the grassy airfield at the Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank beat off fierce competition from 11 other finalists to take home the coveted land art trophy.

The winning piece, entitled The Finest View, was commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council and shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

Richard Gunton, director of park services for the North York Moors National Park Authority said: “The Tour de Yorkshire was a great event which also highlighted the beauty of the National Park and so we’re extremely proud to have won the competition.

“I have no doubt that author James Herriot would have shared our pride as the land art design paid homage to his declaration that the view from Sutton Bank was the finest in England.”

More than 2,000 votes were cast in the competition, which saw the county celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 with land art.