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Bicycle parts re-cycled for Tour de France sculpture

Artist Michael Kusz with his sculpture. Credit: Swaledale Festival

The Swaledale Festival has marked the visit of the Tour de France by commissioning local artist Michael Kusz to produce a sculpture for the Community Orchard in Reeth.

Around a hundred 7 to 15 year-olds from four local schools have been involved in the design of the sculpture.

It will serve as a permanent reminder of the Tour de France passing through the area

The sculpture takes the form of a giant plant set in a wine barrel, and is made from unwanted bicycle parts, some of which were collected by the children.

Gill Hayes, chairman of the Reeth Community Orchard Group, said today:

"I am thrilled that the Swaledale Festival has commissioned this sculpture for residents and visitors to Reeth to enjoy. Michael Kusz's stunning artwork is a wonderful way to commemorate the Tour de France in Swaledale."

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