Public workshops for The Gigantic Jersey artwork

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Gigantic Jersey, a large scale artwork featuring a gigantic cycling jersey design, which will be entered in to the official 2017 Tour de Yorkshire land art competition, is progressing at pace ahead of the start of the Tour de Yorkshire on 28 April.

In a sprint to the finish, Animated Objects Theatre Company, which is managing the project for Scarborough Borough Council, is holding a final series of public and school participation workshops this week and next week to ensure as many people as possible can contribute to the enormous artwork.

The Gigantic Jersey, which will be 17 metres wide, approximately the length of an articulated truck, and more than 12 metres high, is being made from waterproof materials, with specific mounting points for final installation on the hillside overlooking the Tour de Yorkshire Stage One finish in Scarborough’s North Bay on Friday 28 April.

More than 1,000 people have already been involved in the making and finishing of The Gigantic Jersey, including local school children and experienced sewers. The aspiration is to get 2,000 people in total involved by the end of the project, contributing words and pictures, to reflect the inspirational nature of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The forthcoming opportunities for members of the public to contribute to the project are:

Thursday 20 April
10.00am - 12.00pm
Woodend Creative Workspace, The Crescent, Scarborough

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Brunswick Centre, Scarborough

Friday 21 April
10.00am - 12.00pm
South Bay, Scarborough (opposite St. Nicholas Gardens)
In poor weather the location will be under the shelters at the bottom of St Nicholas Gardens.

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Scarborough Central Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough

Saturday 22 April
10.00am - 12.00pm Peasholm Park, Scarborough

Monday 24 April
10.00am - 11.00am Scarborough Town Hall, civic reception area

Further participation from school children will take place on 25 April and 26 April at Friarage School and Gladstone Road Junior School.

Lee and Dawn of Animated Objects Theatre Company said:

"We’ve had a fantastic response so far from people of all ages who have loved getting involved in this exciting project. The gigantic scale of the jersey has certainly grabbed the attention of local schoolchildren and we have been really impressed by their creativity and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to reveal The Gigantic Jersey in all its blue and yellow glory in time for the Tour de Yorkshire!"

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council project team representative for Tour de Yorkshire added:

"It’s not too late to make your mark on The Gigantic Jersey and I encourage anyone wanting to get involved to get along to one of the workshops in the coming days and be part of this enormous celebration of Scarborough’s support for the Tour de Yorkshire. I also urge our local communities to get down to the North Bay early on the day of the Tour de Yorkshire to see the artwork installed on the hillside, before securing a first class vantage point for the afternoon’s entertainment and thrilling Stage One finish."

The Gigantic Jersey in progress