Confetti display puts Wentworth Woodhouse on the map

Published Friday, 27th April 2018
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Land Art at Wentworth
Land art on the lawn at Wentworth Woodhouse

A group of artists are creating a colourful confetti trail at Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire in time for the Tour de Yorkshire.

The artist group Landmark Collective are spray painting colourful shapes onto the lawn in front of the house to represent its history.

Landmark Collective were commissioned by Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar to create the land art, which has been designed to be seen from the air and measures 140 metres long by 150 metres wide.

Children from Wentworth C of E Primary School and Kilnhurst Primary School in Rotherham, along with staff and volunteers from Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse have all been involved in gathering ideas and spray painting the design. 

Becky Newbould, an artist from the Landmark Collective, said: “It’s been really challenging in the wet weather but extremely rewarding. We’re really grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us create such an eye-catching and impressive piece of art outside the historic Wentworth Woodhouse. Our spray painting has created a lot of interest from visitors to the house - we all look like ghostbusters in our overalls!

“This is the biggest land art we’ve worked on in our four years working on Tour de Yorkshire projects, and it’s thought to be one of the biggest in the county.”

The inspiration for the land art came from a story that guests were given rose petals to leave a trail back to their bedrooms because the house is so big. Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the largest houses in Europe with more than 300 rooms. 

The design features a giant Yorkshire rose; a checkerboard to represent the flooring in the marble hall of the house; and a wheel to represent the area’s mining heritage. 

Dominic Somers, of Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar, said: “We were really impressed with the Landmark Collective’s response to use an elaborate confetti trail to connect people to the history of the house.

“Our aim at Great Place is to connect surrounding communities with the rich heritage and culture of Wentworth and Elsecar. The feedback we’ve received so far from visitors has been fantastic and there’s still time to observe the artists at work before the tour arrives - the best spot is from the Trans Pennine Trail.”

Great Place is a three-year partnership between Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust to use arts and culture to engage people in the heritage of Wentworth and Elsecar and develop both areas as destinations. 

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