Fields of Vision – Tour de France

A shepherd and his dog

A shepherd and his dog (Drawing for project proposal). Ink on paper. 56.5cm x 37.9cm

In 2014 along with eleven other artists I was commissioned to produce a large scale artwork for Fields of Vision, a 105 kilometre art trail to appear along the route of the Grand Depart for that year’s Tour de France. The twelve land art installations would be created in collaboration with members of the Young Farmers and coordinated by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects. The commissioned artists including myself were Imran Qureshi, Catherine Bertola, Trudi Entwistle, Jo Gorner, Louise Lockhart, Steve Messam, Robert Montgomery, Jane Revitt and Raz Ul Haq. My installation, a 137 metre shepherd and his dog, was ‘drawn’ with white line-marker paint onto an expanse of grazing land with the help of a team of workers. As the ‘eyes’ I directed the operation, working from a distance with the aid of binoculars and a walkie-talkie.