L-R Councillor Stuart Hughes, former professional racing cyclist Colin Lewis, Jane Nicholls, EDDC's Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer and Councillor Iain Chubb who unveiled the Tour of Britain mosaic in Sidmouth today

Devon artists commissioned by council to create iconic design as lasting reminder of Tour of Britain start in Sidmouth

Two Devon based artists Jess Carvill and Lucy Rockliffe, from community art project ArtStorm, have created a design for an iconic ceramic mosaic, depicting racing cyclists, which has been mounted on a wall at Sidmouth’s Triangle. The mosaic was commissioned by East Devon District Council’s StreetScene service, who wanted a lasting reminder of the start of the Tour of Britain’s Devon stage 2016, which took place in Sidmouth in September.

The artists, who were present on the day of the event, used pieces of ceramic tile donated by members of the public who were also spectators, to form the eye-catching 120cm x 60cm design, which is now permanently cemented into the wall, adding colour and interest.

East Devon District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes, Councillor Iain Chubb, portfolio holder for the environment and former professional cyclist Colin Lewis, who was twice British National Road Race Champion, officially unveiled the mosaic on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

Mr Lewis, who clocked up 40 professional road race wins in his career, has competed in the Commonwealth Games for Britain and is president of the Mid Devon Cycling Club, which currently has 650 members. 

Commenting on the mosaic, East Devon District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes, said:

The idea of producing a cycling scene mosaic as a permanent reminder of the Sidmouth start of the Tour of Britain, using pieces of ceramic tile donated by spectators, is brilliant.

We have staged two starts now for the Tour of Britain and the esplanade has also been used as a sprint stage, whilst Peak Hill and Trow Hill have been used as King of the Mountains Stages. So the mosaic takes on a different meaning as Sidmouth and the Sid Valley could well be seen as the Jewel in the Crown for cycling.

East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Iain Chubb, said:

This is a wonderful piece of community art that captures perfectly the excitement of the Tour of Britain in Sidmouth. It will be a lasting reminder of this popular event, which has also provided the motivation for getting people out cycling. The mosaic enhances this beautiful little green spot in Sidmouth perfectly.