Local Community ‘Re–Cycle’ for the Tour De France

The community of Worrall is making ‘re-cycling’ history by constructing a sculpture made out of recycled bicycles to commemorate the Tour De France racing through Worrall. Residents from across North Sheffield are invited to play a part in recycling the unwanted bicycles into a unique piece of art work.

The sculpture, which has been named the ‘Up – Cycle’ is being made from 60 unwanted bicycles that have been supplied by Veolia in partnership with the Green Company and Sheffield City Council from the city’s 5 Household Waste Recycling Centres. The bicycles have been cleaned and stripped into their component parts ready to be re - cycled into a 2.5m high wreath of bicycle parts.

Residents are invited to come along to Worrall Memorial Hall, Towngate Road on the 21 or 22 June anytime between 10am and 4pm to have a hand in constructing the sculpture. Residents will be able to choose a bicycle component of their own - whether it be a wheel, a saddle or some handle bars and add it to the sculpture.

Local professional artists, Robin Widdowson and Sara Beavan-Widdowson who have led on the project said: “This is a very exciting project and something we are very proud of. The sculpture will not only celebrate the Tour de France racing through Worrall, it will also represent the community as they unite to each play a part in constructing the sculpture - providing a real sense of ownership. We want as many residents to have a hand in the sculpture as possible - young, old, artistic or not, everyone is welcome to come along and play a part”.

Household Waste Recycling Centre Assistant Manager from Veolia, David Wright added: “We are delighted to support this project by supplying the bicycles from our Household Waste Recycling Centres and will ensure that any remaining components are recycled. The sculpture will not only celebrate the Tour De France but also demonstrate and symbolise recycling as we strive to make Sheffield even greener by urging residents to recycle as much as they can for the future of our city”.

The finished ‘Up-Cycle’ sculpture will be installed at the junction of Haggstones Road and Kirk Edge Road in Worral providing the Tour de France cyclists with a real treat as they race past! The sculpture will be officially unveiled in all its re-cycling glory by Nick Clegg (MP).

This exciting project is being fully supported by a number of local businesses and individuals including: Robin and Sara Widdowson, Veolia, the Green Company, Sheffield City Council, Hillsborough Steel Stock Ltd, Ashhurst Fabrications Ltd, Rollmaster Rings Ltd, Gripple Ltd, Jewel Construction Ltd, MKM Building Supplies, Nick Clegg (MP), Martin Evans Associates, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Bradfield Parish Council and Worrall Community Association and of course the local community.

For more information about the ‘Up-Cycle' sculpture or your Waste and Recycling Services, please call: 0114 273 4567 or visit www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield. If you are a Twitter user and wish to follow us then you can find the ‘Recycle4Sheffield’ profile page at: www.twitter.com/recycle4shef.