Artist carves new feature in ancient landscape of Wolds

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A LARGE public arts project carved into some of the most dramatic scenery on the Yorkshire Wolds will be officially unveiled tomorrow.

Waves and Time, inspired by the ancient flow of ice and water that formed the steep valleys around Thixendale, will be opened by the BBC’s Countryfile presenter Matt Baker at 1pm.

The piece is one of several being created along the Wolds Way by the tourism body, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY), as part of its Wander project - the first collection of public art on a national trail.

The VHEY’s chief executive, Janet Reuben, said: “The Wander project is truly unique and because of this it is gaining a lot of positive attention for this region. The completed trail will be a magnificent addition to our tourism industry and will encourage new visitors to experience what we have to offer.”

In October, pagan poles and warrior sculptures were unveiled on the trail, near Malton. Created by artist Chris Drury, the Thixendale work uses the earth to form a large spiral that reaches across the valley floor to a recreated dew pond.

Mr Drury, who has worked with a steering group from the village to devise the project, said: “The valley itself is the sculpture, so that anything there has to be very subtle to the point of invisibility.”

The culture portfolio holder at East Riding Council, Coun Jane Evison, added: “It is fantastic that the Wander project will be appearing on BBC Countryfile and that the East Riding will be able to showcase one of our exciting new tourist attractions to such a large audience.”